Native Arts acquisition funds
Nuu-chah-nulth artist, Harpooner’s Hat, 1794. Spruce root and bear grass; 10 3/8 x 9 ½ in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1952.607
Dimensionsheight: 10.375 in, 26.3525 cm; diameter: 9.5 in, 24.1300 cm
CollectionIndigenous Arts of North America
Whale hunting was a very important activity among the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples of Vancouver Island. A highly accomplished basketry artist intertwined strands of plant fiber to portray the pictorial hunting scenes on the sloping sides of this hat. Look closely to see how she created whales being chased by men in large canoes throwing their harpoons.
Known ProvenanceCollected by Captain James Magee, from Nootka Sound in the Northwest Coast, in 1794. Massachusetts Historical Society; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge, MA, before 1952; Denver Art Museum, 1952.