This ancient rain hat shows how Puget Sound people
dealt with the climate of western Washington. The pointed
peak, flaring shape, and cedar bark material helped
shed water. An inner cap was woven right in.
Archaeologists excavated this hat in 1976 from Wapato
Creek in Tacoma, along with remnants of a fish weir
and fiber netting.
400-1,000 years old; Tacoma, Washington; No. 1983-72/1
The Burke Museum asked Chinook/Puyallup weaver Karen
Reed-Peter whose grandmother had lived at Wapato
Creek to re-create the ancient hat. The old hat
was so well preserved that Reed-Peter could deduce how
the inner cap was woven in.
The double-hat style continues to be made, although
later hats are less pointed.
Made by Karen Reed-Peter, 2000; Chinook/Puyallup; No.
2000-124/1; Purchased with funds donated by Lawrence