Harlena Warford in woven Spruce Root Hat

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The Hoonah weavers noted the four cylinders on top with ermine skins hanging down. It is suggested that the cylinders called skils, signify that the owner hosted four Ku.eex's.

The weavers were able to handle and inspect items to learn more about technique, style and proportions. This hat looked smaller then many others which inspired Harlena to try it on to give us better context. Interestingly, the hat looked well proportioned on Harlena.

Traditional Knowledge: 

Traditionally, women did the weaving and men painted the designs on ceremonial hats. Hats worn for daily use were not usually painted with designs or other further adornment.