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The Americas

The Ulster Museum has an extensive ethnographic collection from the Americas, particularly relating to Native American tribes. The collection reflects the complexity of these civilisations from the artistic force of the Northwest Coast tribes to the political skill of the Iroquois nation and the technical excellence of the peaceful tribes of California.

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Bag : food gathering

Bag : food gathering

Food gathering bag woven from wool and wild hemp grass in bright geometric patterns of blue, pink, green, red and yellow...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with five units of vertical arrowhead pattern in brown and black....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Fairly crudely made coil woven basket with rather untidy design in brown and black stepped rectangles. One row of red wool on shoulder....

Basket : hat

Basket : hat

Coil woven hat with five units of lightning pattern in black, from 'Sallie, daughter of last Chief of George Creek Indians'....

Basket : Bottleneck

Basket : Bottleneck

Coil woven bottleneck basket with rattlesnake pattern in brown and black on cream....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

coil woven basket with design of chevron and open lozenge in black....

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with lightning pattern of solid brown in five units. One small row of yellow in each unit. Rim and base damaged and worn....

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Attractive coil woven basket with unusual decoration. There are four vertical bands of diverging black arrowheads bordering a W design in brown and on...

Frontlet

Frontlet

Wooden frontlet of hawk gripping the head of a beaver. There are holes along the top for feathers or walrus whiskers but these are now missing. Two po...

Mask

Mask

Wooden mask painted blue with red lips and black moustache and eyebrows. The nostrils and ears are red. Masks like these were worn by secret dancing s...

Cradle

Cradle

Strongly-made boat-shaped carrying cradle in imbricated basketwork. The sides are decorated with black and cream and red dyed cane and the carrying st...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Strongly made coil woven hat with decoration consisting of five vertical panels of black, containing inverted reddish brown arrowheads, interspersed w...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Very well made cream coloured coil woven basket with four vertical zones of zigzags composed of rectangles interspersed with a single cross....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Narrow-necked basket of coil weave with brown chevron at base and at greatest circumference. A row of nine male figures in brown is woven round the ba...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with double running chevron design at base and rim in black...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Beautifully woven coil weave basket with fairly sharp shoulder in cream with dark brown lozenge pattern in three zones....

Hat : basket

Hat : basket

Coil woven hat with broad band of rattlesnake pattern in brown and black below rim. Information on label `Bought from Lucy Chapo camp. Lucy, last of t...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with six groups of lightning pattern in black and one fork of of lightning pattern abandoned. ....

Cloak

Cloak

cloak made of knotted string around which feathers have been wound. Bands of brownish black feathers, interspersed with several greenish feathers bord...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with treble running chevron designs at rim....

Basket : trinket

Basket : trinket

Small slightly lop-sided basket with two zones of chevron decoration in brown....

Box : food

Box : food

Square-kerfed bent wood box with deep relief carving of hawk's heads at either end, its wings emerging from the sides. Cowrie shells are inset into th...

Kachina doll

Kachina doll

Painted carved figure, sometimes called a doll. White and red ear pieces, pointed nose, holding a staff and rattle....

Hat

Hat

Coil woven basket with three rows of lozenge design in brown at the rim....

Basket : carrying

Basket : carrying

Conical carrying basket in plain twined weaving with the border strengthened by a wooden hoop. Used by Pomo Indians for harvesting acorns...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Sharply shouldered coil woven basket of excellent workmanship with black lightning pattern all round body of basket and below neck....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Finely made coil woven bottleneck with brown and black decoration in stepped design....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Squat bottleneck basket with fairly narrow high neck in coil weave with rattlesnake pattern overall in black and reddish brown. Two rows of red wool a...

Cradleboard

Cradleboard

Strongly made baby carrier. The frame is made from a Y-shaped branch and strengthened by cross-tied wooden splints, all dyed red. The webbing is made ...

Hat : basket

Hat : basket

Coil woven hat with five step patterns in brown bordered by parallel black lines. Information on label `Mojalie Hat. Darwin Squaw. Step pattern'...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Small globular open-neck coil woven basket with lightning pattern in black round widest part of body....

Pipe : tobacco

Pipe : tobacco

Tobacco pipe with stone head carved with a bear, beaver and otter holding up the bowl. The wooden stem is bound with blue and green beads...

Helmet

Helmet

Aleutian painted wood helmet with strip of whalebone ending in a small seal's head at the top. Streamers of sealion whiskers protrude from the back an...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Very fine coil woven basket in cream with black zigzag round neck and quail tip pattern in three zones on body of pot....

Basket : trinket

Basket : trinket

Very well made cream coloured coil woven basket with four vertical zones of zigzags composed of rectangles interspersed with a single cross....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Very fine coil woven basket in cream with black chevron decoration and triangles and lozenges in a band round the shoulder....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Square-shouldered bottleneck basket. Three bands of chevrons in brown....

Moccasin (pair)

Moccasin (pair)

Deerskin moccasin with long serrated edged ankle flaps, their insteps completely covered with geometric patterns (edged with silk) in red, dark red, w...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Coarse coil woven basket with red hourglass and brown rectangles in step pattern. Four units of design....

Lithograph

Lithograph

Framed hand-painted lithograph of a group of Iroquois Indians standing in front of the Niagara falls...

Leggings : pair

Leggings : pair

Pair of cream-coloured dressed leather leggings with black and red painted totemic decoration which includes a bear's head and `eye' motif. The top is...

Box : grease

Box : grease

Square kerfed cedar wood box in shape of beaver holding stick in his paws. The inlay round the rim and the beaver's teeth have been made from nut kern...

Pouch

Pouch

Pouch made from whole otter skin, its neck and paws bound with orange, white and blue woven quill ribbon while orange and blue moose hair tassels boun...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Very fine coil woven cream coloured basket, highly patterned with vertical rows of lightning pattern, arrowheads, lozenges and two standing male figur...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Very fine coil woven basket with horizontal zones of dark brown decoration of triangles and arrowheads....

Moccasin

Moccasin

Dressed leather moccasin with the beadwork decoration on the instep unfinished pair of children's moccassins with rawhide soles and Plains style lazy ...

Ornament : Kayak

Ornament : Kayak

Aleutian ivory kayak ornament consisting of straight piece carved in small whales. At either end the head and tail of a large whale are attached by a ...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with inverted arrow design in brown and black....

Mitten (unfinished)

Mitten (unfinished)

Black-dyed deerskin mitten which has not been sewn together with moosehair embroidery in floral design...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Very fine coil woven basket with horizontal zones of dark brown containing running chevron in cream....

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