Amhalayt (Chief’s Headdress)

Amhalayt (Chief’s Headdress)

Sim’oogit Nathaniel Robinson of Laxgalts’ap likely owned this amhalayt as it portrays one of his ayukws (crests). This amhalayt is carved of maple, inlaid with abalone, and decorated with ermine skins, flicker feathers, trade cloth, and sea lion whiskers. When the wearer was dancing, eagle or swan’s down was often placed in the crown of the frontlet. By bobbing his head, the dancer spread the down around the house, representing “peace.” Acquired at Laxgalts’ap, 1905.