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Hand woven strap with braided ends. Decorated with a bar and checker design in white and green.

History Of Use

Woven belts, like this one, are worn by spirit dancers as part of their uniform. Anthropologist Pamela Amoss notes that uniforms reflect the type of spirit seen by the dancer in his/her vision. She also observed that the costumes worn in British Columbia were generally more colourful than those worn by dancers in Washington State.

Cultural Context

weaving; spirit dancing; guardian spirit complex; ceremonial


Dr. Raley, the collector of this belt, was Principal at the Coqualeetza residential school in Sardis BC. His catalogue listed this piece as a tumpline. Since this sash is of the type worn by Coast Salish spirit dancers it is possible the piece was collected near Sardis. This object is not for display.

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