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William J. Fisher Collection
[image of object] BLACK LINE CATALOG NO:  72472
OBJECT TYPE:  woman's beaded headdress

also see 72476 - man's beaded headdress.

REMARKS:
The Fisher collection provides evidence that beaded caps were worn by both men and women at Alutiiq dances and festivals, at least among the people of Tangirnaq (Woody Island, Kodiak). To the left is a female headdress (nacaq) from Tangirnaq. The man's dance cap (see 72476) sports a more hood-like shape than the woman's design, which is comprised of circular tiers of beads. Both are constructed with cotton beige thread and braided sinew on a frame of very soft caribou strips.

-Dee Hunt BLACK LINE


COLLECTOR'S DOCUMENTATION:
"Headdress worn by women formerly at dances and festivals. The Lesnoi Isl'd natives do not wear any of these articles at present, having adopted our customes and modes altogether."
-William Fisher      
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CATALOG NUMBER:

72472

OBJECT TYPE:

woman's beaded headdress

ACCESSION NO.:

12209 (1882)

YEAR COLLECTED:

1879-1882

FIELD NUMBER:

9

GROUP NAME:

Tangirnarmiut

GROUP NAME RECORDED BY FISHER:

TANICHNAGMIUTE TRIBE

LOCATION:

Tangirnaq (Woody Island, Lesnoi Island)

LOCATION RECORDED BY FISHER:

LESNOI ISLAND NEAR KODIAK ISL'D.

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM:

nacaq

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM RECORDED BY FISHER:

NA-DSHAK

DIMENSIONS:

cap= 10 cm high; diameter, approx.
20 cm.; tail=41 cm long.

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