Salmon Headdress of Sam CharlieSalmon Headdress
Salmon Dance Headgear
This elegant headdress is unidentified and the history of this right has been lost. The figure on top is a salmon with a "fish-like" face with pectoral fins, a dorsal fin and most important an adipose fin. The figure underneath has the same structure to the body featuring "salmon-like" qualities except the front face is human. The pectoral fins have a "salmon-trout heads" painted on the joints, also supporting this salmon theme on the bottom figure. This human face could be attributed to the supernatural ability to transform into human form as many Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw creation and origin stories tell of. The cloth foundation of the headdress is a rich colored red Melton which could acknowledge the piece belonging to the T̕seka "Red Cedar Bark Ceremonies". The piece is the work of Da’naxda’xw Artist and Chief Xixa’niyus Bob Harris.
The Salmon Headdress in the Potlatch Collection is listed as belonging to:
Sam Charlie UCC-95.03.011