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ayagam saliguu “woman’s cap”
Язык: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut and Atkan dialects)

The men always had their hunting hats all decorated when they did their ceremonies, and the women wore something on their heads like this. They danced wearing these.

—Mary Bourdukofsky, 2003

This woman’s hat was worn for dancing during celebrations at the end of the fur seal harvest and on other special occasions, such as weddings. The red and black strips on the top are painted seal esophagus, and the white stitching is caribou hair. Round embroidered caps made of sea mammal intestine first became popular in the early nineteenth century and were based on the shape of a Russian sailor’s hat. They were sometimes worn as waterproof covers for cloth caps underneath.

Культура: Unangax (Aleut)
Регион: Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Деревня: Unalaska
Категрия предмета: Clothing
Размеры: длина 21.5cm
Дата поступления: 1869
Источник: Dr. Thomas Minor (collector)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E007957