Whaling HAT with hand painted Sisiutl, Kwagiulth
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What an unusual find from the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations!! You definitely don't see these often
This is a woven Whaling HAT with hand painted Sisiutl design.
Really impressive and beautiful piece. Approx. 25 hats were ordered and made for a potlatch in
The painting is absolutely beautiful. It does show some discolorations on the rim. It was made for use and it has been used. It even comes with a handmade Stand, made from birch bark - have a look at the pictures, it's amazing.
Measurements: 20" diameter, 8" high (51 cm diameter, 20 cm high)
Meaning: The Sisiutl is a symbol for healing power and magic. It's closely associated with war and strength, the Sisiutl is known to be invulnerable and to provide protection from harm. The Sisiutl is one of the most powerful crests, and mythological creatures in the mythology of the Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and various other Tribes.Sisiutl are frequently depicted as a two headed sea serpent or snake with a human-like head in the middle of the body. There is a belief among the Coast Salish that Sisiutl employ orca/killer whales for transportation. It is so powerful, that contact or even seeing one, was believed to cause sickness or death. Warriors traditionally wear the sisiutl's emblem for protection in battle. Thunderbirds are one of the few predators of Sisiutl