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Chief Donawok


Woven and painted spruce root basketry

7 in. x 18 in. (diameter) (17.78 cm x 45.72 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 95.1.262
Other Number(s): TN 133 (Temporary Number)
Geography: North and Central America, United States, Alaska
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Headwear
Culture/Nationality: Tlingit, Native American
Collection: George and Anne Vaux Collection
Description: This twined hat, with painted decoration made of vegetable dyes, may be a ritual hat that was treasured as an heirloom and worn for special celebrations. This hat depicts a stylized image of Raven, a supernatural trickster, who aided humans at the time of the mythological flood and remains central to the Tlingit belief system.

Hats like this one express the wearer’s heritage through its depiction of a clan’s mythological animal crest. In addition, cedar wood frames would have been stacked on top of the hat and topped with ermine, further communicated the rank of the wearer.

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  • hats - Shaped coverings for the head having a brim and crown, or one of the two.
  • headgear - Any covering for the head.
  • Native American - Typically reserved to refer narrowly to the cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. For the indigenous peoples of Canada use the term "First Nations." For the broader concept of the cultures of any native peoples of Central America, South America, North America, or the West Indies who are considered to belong to the Mongoloid division of the human species, use "Amerindian (culture)."
  • North American - Refers to the cultures of the continent of North America, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Circle, and Central America. In classifications schemes based on physical geography, Central America, and North America are parts of the same continent.
  • Northwest Coast Native American styles - Styles belonging to Northwest Coast Native American cultures.
  • Tlingit
  • weaving - Generally, the process of interlacing strands or strips of various materials, such as cane, textile, or twigs, to make materials or objects such as wicker, cloth, baskets, or wreaths. Specifically used for the process of making textile on a loom or other weaving device by interlacing warp and weft in a particular order.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011

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  • Marianne Hansen and Emily Croll. Worlds to Discover. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
    Page Number: 34

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