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Karuk headdress
ca. 1910
Deer hide, woodpecker and bluejay feathers

This headdress is worn by Karuk men during the Xay-ch´idilye, or Jump Dance, the last of three related ceremonies performed every two years to bring balance back into the world. Only after the completion of the Xonsil-ch´idilye (White Deerskin Dance) and the Ta:´altul (Boat Dance) will the people begin the Jump Dance.

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