From: Alaska | Southeast Alaska | Angoon

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA11756
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska | Southeast Alaska | Angoon
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus Teikweidi Clan
Section American
Materials Wood | Spruce Root | Pigment | Abalone Shell | Shell | Walrus Hide | Fur

Shaman's headdress entitled "Wandering Killer Whale," a characteristic object owned by the northern division of the Tae-quedi (Teqweidi) clan. Carved wood in the shape of a killer whale head with fins made from walrus hide. The whale's head is painted green, black, white, and red with abalone shell inlay for the eyes, nostrils, and at the tips of the ears. Six pieces of abalone shell inlay are also arranged diagonally across the forehead. The mouth is slightly open with lips painted black and upper and lower teeth made from white shells. The ears have tufts of hair inserted along the tops and backs. The walrus hide fins attached at the sides are painted with black designs of faces. Thick, hide bands help form the frame of the headdress along with hide straps used to affix the headdress to the wearer's head. Top-stock of five spruce root basketry rings with an ermine pelt attached to the top ring. The basketry rings are attached to one another and to the hat with leather straps.

Height 31 cm
Length 27 cm
Width 21 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1927
Other Number 130 - Other Number

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