Doctor's Headdress (guk-tsu-shua)
Arts of the Americas
Crow feather, redbud or dogwood, wood, cotton string, Indian hemp
25 x 39 x 29 in. (63.5 x 99.1 x 73.7 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
This Doctor's headdress was probably made by Dr. Hudson using gull feathers his wife gathered with special permission from the game warden. The Big-Head headdress or Kuksu shna, a ceremony involving the impersonation of a god. The feathers are attached to a twined redbud or dogwood framework, and a projecting snout, representing the long nose of the Kuksu spirit, is composed of short feathers attached to a stick. There has been some confusion as to if this is made correctly or it may have been rendered slightly differently by Hudson after a particular Pomo group.
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Pomo. Doctor's Headdress (guk-tsu-shua), 1906-1907. Crow feather, redbud or dogwood, wood, cotton string, Indian hemp, 25 x 39 x 29 in. (63.5 x 99.1 x 73.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8952. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8952.jpg)
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