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Clan helmet by Norman Tait

Significance 

This helmet was made by Nisga’a artist Norman Tait to represent the eagle clan. Made of red cedar with abalone inlays, hide thongs fasten it in place on the wearer’s head. In 1975, Tait was a young artist trying to learn traditional First Nations art practices and make a living. He spent some of his time in Vancouver where he sold this helmet to the Museum’s Gift Shop, which in turn donated it to the Museum’s permanent collection.

See below for artifact details.

 

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Date Range 
1975
Artist 
Norman Tait, Nisga'a
Dimensions 
19 cm high, 22.9 cm wide, 36.9 cm long
Museum Location 
Storage
Catalog Number 
AA 2571
Donor 
Vancouver Museum and Planetarium Gift Shop, 1975