- Museum number
Rope made of hair (human), fibre.
Length: 14.75 feet
- Curator's comments
Ethnography Department Christy Collection registration Slip: "Rope plaited of alternate strands of human hair and fibre. Hair rope. W. Oregon".
Cawley 1994 p.69 "Summer's journal At the Klamath Reservation, June 26 to July 6, 1876.
#7:29 Ropes and Belts made of Human Hair
"Another morning a man came with a rope of jet black hair, twisted a half-inch thick. He described it as a "lasso rope or stake-rope or for any other purpose for a horse," and he called it a 'lok-dish'. He said another rope for the same use was sometimes made of what we call raw-hide; this he called a 'toon-dish'. The belt formerly worn by a warrior was sometimes made out of women's hair, a little like this hair rope. It made a very good, very fine belt; he called it a 'rilish-lok', and said any warrior possessing one was proud of it."
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1900C3.161 (old CDMS no.)