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Hunting hat

qayaatx^ux^ “Chief’s hat; decorated, closed top, long wooden hat”
Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut dialect)

Classic hunting hats were painted with fine lines, “sand dollar” designs, swirls, rosettes, and leaves, using pigments made from plants and minerals. Long whiskers from bull sea lions were added in back. Only the most highly respected men—chiefs, whalers, and dauntless hunters—could wear the hats.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Hunting hat
Accession Date: 1868
Source: Capt. W A Howard
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E005772