Hat made of a lynx's head set on a round beaded hide base

Green beads used for lynx's eyes. Lined with plaid fabric.

Lynx were readily sought after furbearers. The sturdy skulls and handsome features of this predatory cat were often made into clothing and accessories. Lynx hide could be turned into an exceptionally light but warm robe making it excellent for clothes or trade. Wealthy First Nation peoples had robes made of lynx paws or blankets of lynx ears, two extremely soft parts of the animal. Therefore a lynx hat may have been a sign of wealth but more likely it was to show the wearers spirit guide. Today you can still buy lynx hats, but it costs extra if you want the lynx head on your hat.


Kluane Museum of History, Burwash Landing

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