Ceremonial hat. Chugach.

Ceremonial hat
Collection MAE RAS: № 633-16
Image ID: 4071902
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Title:
Ceremonial hat
Ethnicity:
Chugach
Place:
USA , Russian America
Location:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, The Alexander Archipelago
Date:
Early 19th century
Materials:
spruce root, paint, wool thread, sinew
Collector:
Lazarev Mikhail Petrovich, mariner, Admiral (1843), participant in a round-the-world voyage.
Expedition:
Russian circumnavigations and half round-the-world sea expeditions
Commentation:
The elders wore hats with cylindrical extensions. Such hats were worn during the Potlaches – traditional celebrations that were accompanied with feasts and reciprocity of wealth.