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Dance Apron

Curated Submission
British Columbia, Canada
Circa 1970
DIMENSIONS in centimetres
70 x 62
Materials & techniques
Cotton, metal; Appliquéd, hand-sewn
Gift of Max Allen
Textile Museum of Canada T04.30.1
The Northwest Coast First Nations ceremonial aprons decorated with pendant rattles are still made and used today. White buttons secure the thunderbird crest to this ceremonial dance apron. Bells and thimbles are used as noisemakers, replacing customary shells and puffin bills. According to Northwest Coast mythology, the thunderbird creates thunder and lightning – thunder by flapping its wings, and lightning by opening and closing its eyes.
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