Hupa twined hat

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Hupa twined hat

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circa 1900-1920

7" diameter by 4" high

excellent condition

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The Hupa (Natiixwe) Indians live in Northwestern California, mostly in the Hupa (Hoopa) Valley. They wove beautiful twined basketry hats which men and women wore.

Their neighbors, the Yurok and Karuk, wove very similar hats, perhaps because they shared a similar environment but also because they frequently intermarried.

The men's hats were utilitarian with simple designs. Female hats served various functions: to protect the woman's head from the trumpline of a burden basket, to wear in ceremonies, to wear when a woman was a widow, and to use as a tool of measurement. The finest woven hats with strong design are associated with women's ceremonial hats.

Woven out of woodwaria, maidenhair fern, willow, bear grass and pine root, this basket is a fine example of quality Hupa weaving.

[California]