Makah Cultural and Research Center Online Museum

Clothing

Cedar bark softened by pounding was used for robes, capes, skirts, and aprons. These were worn with a wooden pin to hold them in place, or sometimes a belt. Such clothes were lightweight and comfortable, even on damp days, and they dried readily if they got wet. Probably on formal occasions, chiefs wore bearskin robes or the luxuriant skin of sea otter or fur seal, but none of these has remained at Ozette.

Among all peoples who hunt and fish at sea, broad-brim hats are important. They protect the eyes against the glare from the water. Makah hats were waterproof, as well.

Doll1
Costumed doll
Berry Picker
Berry Picker doll
Hunter
Hunter doll
Seal Hunter
Seal Hunter doll
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