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SYMBOLISM AND PERCEIVED POWER OF ANIMAL HEADDRESSES
Textiles for the Head: Part 2
TEXTILES FOR THE HEAD PART II: SYMBOLISM AND PERCEIVED POWER OF ANIMAL HEADDRESSES. Textiles are worn on the head for many reasons. In our March 2021 presentation, anthropologist Christine Brown discussed some of the many purposes for which textiles are placed on the head. These included the desire of a chief or other high-ranking individual to project power and authority, or to show that the wearer had earned the right to wear a certain type of headdress. These types of headdresses often incorporated body parts of actual animals in the belief that the desired attribute of the animal would be imbued in the wearer.

This presentation will look at headdresses made to look like mammals, birds, butterflies and reptiles, but which are made of cloth rather than body parts. Members of different ethnic groups wear these types of headdresses for different reasons.

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Jun 10, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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