Headdress

About this object

Narrative

Used at potlatches in Alert Bay starting in the early spring of 1980. Last used in the Cranmer potlatch celebrating the opening of the U'mista
Cultural Centre, at Alert Bay, November 1st, 1980. Frontlet carved by Beau Dick; inlay, painting and ermine headdress done by Fah Ambers, Basil Ambers Jr. and Richard Sumner.

Physical description

Headdress with a frontlet of blue, red and black painted wood; central figure of a humanoid face with protruding, hooked nose encircled by a red-lined ring of abalone. Two faces--one, humanoid and mask-like, the other round and black with red lips--sit atop and below the main face. The eyes of all three faces are inlaid with abalone. The frontlet is attached to the front of a circular white fur cap, attached to which is a long train (90 cm le) of white ermine pelts with brown tails sewn onto a length of white fabric backing. A vertical row of brown whiskers protrude from the cap directly behind the top of the frontlet.