Subconical shaped basket hat made from hemp and beargrass. Designs on the hat feature a three part separated pyramid with horizontal banding on the interior in orange and dark brown.

Basket Hat

Nez Perce
ca. 1820

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribal Committee:
"Constructed from Beargrass and Dogbane, these hats were worn by women who attained a certain level of status within the community and were worn during the ke'uyiit 'Root Feast' to signify leadership and role as one who is repsonsible for the sacred food of our people, that was our covenant with the land and our creation."

Beargrass, dogbane. H 13.5, D 17.8 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 8744