- Museum number
Neck ornament (part of) made of leather, bark, seeds, stone, shell.
Length: 21 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ron Johnson of the Trinidad Museum, California commented that these ornaments are used in the "flower dance", a female coming of age ceremony among Californian coastal groups. They are formed from strips of sinew wrapped in bear grass and decorated in cedar or juniper berries, and culminate in decorations formed from "ears" of abalone shell and obsidian splinters/needles. The obsidian in this region comes from either Goose Lake or Davis Creek and was traded throughout the Californian peoples. Similar ornaments are found in the Trinidad Museum collections. (30/03/2010)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected on George Vancouver's voyage to Hawaii and the NW coast of North America 1791-1795.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1891C25.217b (old CDMS no.)