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Sea Bear Crest hat ( Xuu.ujee Dajangee)

Sea Bear Crest hat ( Xuu.ujee Dajangee)

ca. 1870

Indigenous people of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) built their villages of sturdy cedar longhouses at strategic sites that faced the sea. Oral histories tell of origins from the primordial waters that surround their islands. Part bear, part whale, this creature--strengthened by its connections to the realms of the land and sea--appears to be surfacing from the water at the moment the dorsal fin slices the waves.

Red cedar and paint
10 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (26.67 x 40cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: Mark Tobey, until 1957; John H. Hauberg, Seattle, Washington, 1957-1983; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryBellingham, Washington, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Arts of A Vanished Era, June 12 - October 31, 1968
Published ReferencesThe Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection, Seattle Art Museum, 1995, pg. 108; Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Arts of a Vanished Era, Bellingham, Washington, p.35, 1968.

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