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Hat (xaad dajaangaa)

Hat (xaad dajaangaa)


Charles Edenshaw

First Nations, Haida, 1839 - 1920

Isabella Edenshaw

Native American, Haida, 1842 - 1926

Conical spruce root hats functioned as rain hats and to display inherited crest designs, like the killer-whale painted here. Some hats became treasured heirlooms and, in the late 19th century, a number of Haida artists produced them for sale to outsiders. Isabella’s signature traits are in her weaving style, while the two-color four-pointed star on the top is known to be Charles’ personal mark.
Spruce root (twill twining) and paint
5 1/2 in. (13.97 cm)
Diam.: 17 in.
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: Michael R. Johnson, Seattle, Washington, until 1971; John H. Hauberg, Seattle, Washington, 1971-1983; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Native Visions: Northwest Coast Art, 18th Century to the Present, Oct. 1, 1998 - Jan. 31, 1999.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Box Of Daylight: Nortwest Coast Indian Art, Sept. 15, 1983 - Jan. 8, 1984.
Published ReferencesSelected Works, Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 76.

The Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection, Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1995, p. 106.

Brown, Steven C., Native Visions: Evolution in Northwest Coast Art from the Eighteenth Through the Twentieth Century, Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1998, pp. 116-117.

Seattle Art Museum: Bridging Cultures, London: Scala Publishers Ltd. for the Seattle Art Museum, 2007, p. 33.

Bringhurst, Robert. A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World. London: The Folio Society, 2015; reproduced p. 203.

Holm, Bill, and Peter L. Corey. The Box of Daylight: Northwest Coast Indian Art. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1984; p. 48, reproduced fig. 58.

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