NYC – National Museum of the American Indian – Whaler’s Hat

NYC - National Museum of the American Indian - Whaler's Hat
Image by wallyg Whaler's Hat The Nuu-chah-nulth (also formerly referred to as the Nootka, Nutka, Aht, Nuuchahnulth) people, a term used to describe fiteen separate but related Indigenous peoples in Canada's Pacific Northwest, have hunted for whales for thousands of years. Nuu-chah-nulth women have been weaving hats like this one for their whale-hunting husbands for hundreds of years. The designs usually depict the harpooning of humpback whales. * Opened in October 1994, the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, at the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan, serves as the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition and education facility in New York City. Permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a range of public programs—including music and dance performances, films, and symposia—explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas and the strength and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present. Within the Heye Center, the Resource Center orients visitors to the museum's offerings, and provides visitors with the opportunity to use the latest computer technology to learn more about Native life and history. In addition, online technology links the museum and Native communities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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3 Comments to NYC – National Museum of the American Indian – Whaler’s Hat

  1. Jan Egil Kristiansen February 14, 2010

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Whaling ⇂, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

  2. Jan Egil Kristiansen February 14, 2010

    I like the trianguular representation of the whale. Makes some sense, considering how a whale moves when we see it breathe.

    The boats remind me of Norse petroglyps.

  3. Elmer I. Nocheseda ng Pateros February 14, 2010

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called SaLaKoT, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

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