helmet (headwear (armour: body armour)); hat (clothing: headwear)

Basketry hat with a bear skin cover. The basketry portion is made in coiled work, with cane strips over the coil, a circular base and rounded, rigid shape. Two small cane loops are attached two-thirds of the way up, possibly for securing the bear skin cover. A broad strip of bear skin, with black hair, has hardened into a shape to surround the basketry hat. The skin is cut to form a point with a hole in it, just taller than the hat in the middle, and with a lower point, also with hole, on each side. The ends of the skin reach around the back of the hat and overlap at the top. The holes at the sides of the skin have small cane loops tied on.

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