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Haida frontlet headdress
ca. 1850
Prince of Wales Islands, British Columbia
Ermine, wood, haliotis shell, sea lion whiskers, wool, cotton

Ermine-tail headdresses with wooden frontlets carved with mythic animals were worn as symbols of rank. Haida chiefs preside over rituals for almost every phase of life, including birth, initiation, and death. These headdresses were made to dance in and were worn with sumptuous ceremonial regalia.

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