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Hunting hat

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

Hunting hats were symbols of accomplishment and prestige in classical Unangan society. Glass trade beads, an ivory seam plate, and the whiskers of large, old sea lions decorate this hat. Fine lines and rosettes were painted on the hat with traditional pigments.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Hunting hat
Dimensions: Length 36cm
Accession Date: 1872
Source: Vincent Coyler
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E011377