Birds of a Feather: Plumed Headdresses from Around the World

Detail of Feathered Headdress, 20th Century Kayapo Mebêngôkre culture; Xingu River area, Para, Brazil Macaw and waterfowl feather, string and cotton; 68 x 57 in. 91.34.1.1-.2 Bowers Museum Acquisitions Fund Purchase As the Crow Flies, Not So Far Bird feathers are surprisingly intricate structures: leaflike in nature with a rigid or semi-rigid midri...
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Five Faces of the Moon

Composite image of the moon and objects in this post. One Giant Leap On July 20, 1969 three humans boarded an aluminum and stainless-steel rocket, rose into the heavens and collectively became the first group to set foot on another celestial body. Taking his first apprehensive steps on the alien scape of the moon, Neil Armstrong famously said “that...
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J.L. Hubbell: Silver Tongue, Golden Heart and Wool Rugs

Rug, c. 1910 Navajo; probably Ganado, Arizona Dyed wool; 65 x 105 in. 2019.5.1 Gift of Dennis J. Aigner White Hat There is good cause for the romanticizing of the American West: it is a breathtaking part of this nation. Mesas rise from the red earth like monolithic and silent guardians; the skies are distilled blue, endless and not cloudy all day. ...
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Gone Fishing: Catching Neptune’s Bounty on Father’s Day

Fishing Hook, late 19th to early 20th Century Iñupiaq culture; Seward Peninsula Area, Alaska Walrus ivory, lead, iron and cotton thread; 2 1/4 × 4 1/8 in. 39352 Gift of Winifred P. Morgan Let’s See What’s Biting, Champ Some dads fit all the clichés. They are handy when something needs fixing, quick with a pun but otherwise tactful enough to let mom...
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Dragon Glass: Taking Stock at the Bowers Museum

Battle and Hunting Weapons, 300-1519 Michoacán, Mexico Obsidian; various dimensions 2003.10.42C-I Anonymous Gift The Night King Cometh As most fantasy buffs are well¬-aware, HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for the first of its final six episodes this upcoming Sunday. Not to spoil too much of the show for those who are interested in watching but have ...
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Blankets of the Chilkat Tlingit

Blanket, early 20th Century Maggie Kadanaha (Chilkat Tlingit, 1873-1959); Alaska, Northwest Coast, United States of America Mountain goat’s wool with cedar bark warp strands and pigment; 54 × 74 × 1 in. 2016.14.1 Gift of the Herbert W. Clark Trust Alaska For Directions At the turn of the 20 th Century the Chilkat Tlingit lived along the painfully s...
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Father’s Day Pipe Dream

Pipe, 1000-1700 Chumash culture; California Steatite and clam shell beads; 1 9/16 x 1 x 12 3/16 in. 80017 Fred Randolph Aldrich Collection This is a Pipe Does the apotheotic father smoke a pipe? Perhaps he has not since at least the 1950s. Still though, a dad casually puffing on a pipe—maybe on a Sunday morning while reading the paper, fooling arou...
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Maud “The Mom” McBroom

Basketry Olla, early 20th Century Pima culture; Arizona, United States Bear grass, willow and devil’s claw; 11 3/4 × 9 1/4 in. 2018.3.3 Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John and Elizabeth Stahr That’s Moms Moms are a fairly universal force of good in the world, seeking more often than not to safeguard their children’s wellbeing and ensure their happiness. Top ...
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The O'odham Maze of Life and Personhood

Plaque with "Labyrinth" Design, 20 th  Century Pima culture; Southern Arizona Willow, devil's claw and tule; 15 1/2 in. 30070 Gift of Mrs. Mary J. Newland Theseus, He Pleases Us Labyrinths play important roles in many cultures’ stories, persisting into modern pop culture with novels, film, and television. In HBO’s hit series Westworld , it is ...
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Lucy Lewis (1898-1992)

Jar, c. 1981 Lucy Lewis (1898-1992); Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico Clay and paint; 5 x 10 1/4 in. F81.61.1 Gift of the Artist Potter of the Century Photograph of Lucy Lewis painting a vessel. With the influx of western products that the pueblos of the American Southwest saw during the 19 th Century, many traditional Native American art forms such as pot...
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J.B. Moore: More than One Way to Sell a Rug

Variant on J.B. Moore’s Plate XXX Rug, c. 1920 Navajo; Crystal, San Juan County, New Mexico Wool and pigment; 69 1/2 × 54 in. 2016.12.4 Gift of Dennis Aigner              Variant on J.B. Moore’s Plate XXX Rug, 1910-1920              Navajo; Crystal, San Juan County, New Mexico &n...
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Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942)

Jar, 1931 Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942); Hano Pueblo, Hopi Reservation, Arizona Clay and paint; 7 x 8 x 4 1/2 in. 36809.3 Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Earl Sanders What the Railway Brought The late 19 th Century’s introduction of the rail to the Southwest was a gift and a curse for Southwestern United States’ Pueblo Territories. The immediate influx of cheap E...
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