Eagle and goose (?) feathers, red wool, sinew; 31 cm
Willow, late 19th century
This feather headdress was said to have been used only by Dena’ina shamans. The earliest known owner was Big Chilligan. In 1931, it was potlatched to Simeon Chickalusion and, after his death in 1957, to Shem Pete (1900-1989), a gifted storyteller and the last lead singer of the Upper Inlet Dena’ina.
Collection: Anchorage Museum, 1978.035.005
Image: © Chris Arend/Anchorage Museum