Dance Hat

Unangax̂ (Aleut)
Western Arctic


mid-19th century

Leather, seal gut (sea mammal inner membrane [intestine, throat, etc.]), sinew, wool thead, mica, and black pigment

Overall: 2 13/16 × 8 11/16 in. (7.2 × 22 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Captain Worthen Hall and Polly D. Lovewell Hall



Place Made: Aleutian Islands, United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Clothing: Headwear

Research Area

Native American

Native American: Arctic-Western Arctic

Not on view


Original label: "Cap made of seal entrails - same material they make waterproof coats of."

Course History

NAS 37, Alaska: American Dreams and Native Realities, Sergei Kan, Medeia Krisztina C. DeHass, Spring 2013

NAS 37, ANTH 47, Alaska: American Dreams and Native Realities, Sergei Kan, Winter 2014

NAS 37, ANTH 37, Alaska: American Dreams and Native Realities, Sergei Kan, Spring 2015


Source unknown, in the Dartmouth College Museum collection by the late 19th century; probably collected by the Whaling Captain Worthen Hall (1802-1887), Croydon, New Hampshire [who sailed with his wife Polly D. Lovewell Hall (1807-1886) and his daughter], in the northwest Pacific between 1848-1855; given to his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hall Hubbard (1849-about 1889), Croydon, New Hampshire [to be credited as a gift from her parents]; bequeathed to present collection, 1889; catalogued, 1913.

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