Focus: Californa’s native Americans – Today is Native American Day. To celebrate, we take a look at California’s Native Americans.

HEADDRESS

Ceremonial headdresses were worn during dances, according to specific cultural protocols and ceremonial practices that were unique to each tribal community. The materials used to create the headdresses have deep spiritual significance.

Jump Dance Headdress

Historically worn during the Jump Dance by three Northwest tribes, the Yurok, Hupa and Karok. Last year, the Yurok brought this dance back for the first time since the 1800s, when the U.S. outlawed the ceremony as part of a federal effort to forcibly colonize the remaining Indian Territory in the Northwest.

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