Although this hat is made mostly with trade items, like the coloured wool cloth and white beads, its shape is similar to the traditional Slavey hide covered smoking cap. Claws or feathers were often worn as ornaments or attached to clothing. In some regions, items from physically and spiritually powerful animals, such as these grizzly bear claws, were highly valued.
Dimensions: 185 x 137 mm
Provenance: Nahane (Slavey)
Given by B.R. Ross, Fort Simpson, 1860
Museum Number: National Museums of Scotland/A.480.6