Woven Caps of Northern California
What's in the name?
Called Xoji Qosta:n (ho ji kos than), the woven caps made by the indigenous people of Northern California resemble acorn tops, and reflect the importance of the acorn as a staple food in the region. The name is difficult to translate into English: ta:n refers to trees, qos means "from the neck up," and xoji means "with spirit" or "truthfulness" or "traditions."
Caps like this are still made today, and are sold, given as gifts and passed down through generations. They are worn during the traditional Flower Dance ceremony at other important events like weddings and graduations.
My cap reminds me to be patient and deliberate about the things I do.
Information regarding the construction and preservation of basket hats from Jesse Dutton-Kenny, Preserving Ethnographic Basketry Collections, presented at CWAM 2016 in Casper, Wyoming and Alfred L. Kroeber, Basket Designs of the Indians of Northwestern California, University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 2, No. 4, 1905.
Thanks also to the collections department at the Oakland Museum of California, the California department of parks and recreation, and the National Parks Service Conserve O Gram. Special thanks to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Museum. https://www.facebook.com/HoopaTribalMuseum/
All other quotations from the Regailia Stories blog at nativewomenscollective.org.