Squirrel Headdress

Squirrel Headdress

The Squirrel ayukws (crest) on this chief’s headdress belonged to George Tait of Laxgalts’ap. The hide on the lower part of the hat was originally covered in fur. When used, this headdress was a marvel — the arms of the Squirrel can be manipulated to move up and down, and the cone (inlaid with abalone) would also spin. The Squirrel ayukws was illustrated in several forms; including on a pts’aan (totem pole) photographed at Gitlaxt’aamiks in 1905. Acquired at Laxgalts’ap, 1913.