Woven hat. Chugach. USA , Russian America. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Prince William Sound. Early 19th century.

Woven hat
Collection MAE RAS: № 633-18
Image ID: 4071864
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Museum inventory number:
№ 633-18
Title:
Woven hat
Ethnicity:
Chugach
Place:
USA , Russian America
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Prince William Sound
Date:
early 19th century
Collector:
Golovin Vasiliy Mikhailovich, Vice Admiral, Fleet General Intendant, corresponding member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences
Expedition:
Russian circumnavigations and half round-the-world sea expeditions
Materials:
spruce root, paint, wool thread, grass
Dimensions:
height 12 cm, diameter of the brim 40 cm, diameter of the crown 9 cm
Commentation:
This hat has a geometric design in a diamond pattern. This is the simplest and one of the oldest types of ornamentation used on Chugach woven articles. The Chugach borrowed the methods of weaving hats from the Tlingit. The Alutiiq hats retain the shape and basic principles of ornamentation used by the Tlingit. The Kodiak Alutiiq people, in turn, learned to weave hats from the Chugach. Woven hats were found all along the coastal region of North America from Vancouver Island to Kodiak Island. The neighbors of the Alutiit, the Aleuts, Aglegmiut, and the Denaina, did not use woven hats.
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