Museum of the American Indian: Exhibits

Pictures of National Museum of the American Indian Artifacts: Inuit Spirit Drummer
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Aleut Hunting Hat

Made with sea lion whiskers, ivory, and glass beads, this hat dates back to about 1850.

From the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, Aleut men honored the sea-mammal spirits with highly decorated hunting costumessea lion whiskers indicate the hunting prowess of the owner.
Photograph by Katherine Fogden, copyright Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of the American Indian
 
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