Nlaka’pamux man’s hat

Date:
unknown, but probably 1913
Record:
RBCM 2727
Materials:
coyote and wool

Nlaka’pamux traditional clothing was made from an astonishing variety of plants and animals, as this coyote skin and wool hat demonstrates. By the early 1900s, the Nlaka’pamux no longer wore traditional clothing in their day-to-day lives, but they still had the skills to gather and process the materials, and construct the clothes. At the request of James Teit, a Spences Bridge resident who worked with anthropologists, some Nlaka’pamux people made examples of traditional garments and modelled them so that Teit could record them in photographs. Teit purchased this hat in 1913. Today, a new generation preserves traditional knowledge by learning how to make the garments that so profoundly demonstrate Nlaka’pamux unity with the land and its creatures.

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This object selected by Dr Martha Black.