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Doctor's Headdress (guk-tsu-shua)

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Crow feather, redbud or dogwood, wood, cotton string, Indian hemp
DATES 1906-1907
DIMENSIONS 25 x 39 x 29 in. (63.5 x 99.1 x 73.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
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CAPTION Pomo (Native American). 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
IMAGE overall, 08.491.8952.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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Doctors Headdress (guk-tsu-shua)