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Object Number:NA8526
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Canada
British Columbia
Naas River Region
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Materials:Bear Hide
Length: 106.7 cm
Width: 149.2 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number:N.S. 1 - Other Number


A rectangular robe made from a bear pelt. The central panel has black fur on one side and is surrounded on three edges by strips of hide. These three hide strips are wide with fringe cut along their outer edge. One red line is painted on each border strip just below the fringe with intersections at two corners. Sixteen fragments of hide painted with yellow and red pigment are sewn onto the bear fur in a grid pattern. The lower edge of the robe has a series of large loops perforated through the bear hide. The upper edge is partially fringed with an area in the center with no fringe where it would be wrapped around the wearer's shoulders. Two long, hide straps are attached on either side of this section to secure the robe to the wearer.

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