ME928.57.3 | Hat

Isabella Edenshaw
Northwest Coast
Aboriginal: Haida
1875-1900, 19th century
Spruce root and bark, paint
19.5 x 38 cm
Gift of the Art Association of Montreal
© McCord Museum
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Charles Edenshaw is one of the most recognized names in Northwest Coast art. He also painted hats, most of them woven by his wife, Isabella, who was also a renowned basket maker. We know that this hat, collected by George Mercer Dawson in the 1870s, was painted by Edenshaw because it displays his emblem or "signature": a four-pointed star with each point divided into red and black segments. Although he produced many traditional pieces for use within Haida culture, much of Charles Edenshaw's work - probably including this hat - was made for sale to non-Natives.