Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Cap has Three Sections

I am told there are three parts to our ceremonial caps.  Each section is bordered by a stick that goes around the cap and is wrapped with a weaving material.  I have chosen to wrap my sticks with bear grass. This “wrap around” stick gives the cap strength and support.  It also, I think, looks nice giving the cap a variance in visual dimension.  Today my husband Marty came along to take some video pictures, which will show the process better than trying to explain it.

The top of the cap, up to the first wrapped stick, represents a woman’s childhood.  The middle and largest portion of the cap between the two wrapped sticks, represents a woman’s adult life. The final and smallest portion of the cap represents a woman’s elder years.

I am now ready to begin the final stage of my cap!

Wrapping the "wrap around" stick with bear grass

End of the day progress... made it all the way around.

The following are YouTube videos of this day's session:

 Deciding how many more rows are necessary and
deciding what size stick to use as the encircling
wrapped stick (2:00):
Talking about how the cap will be finished (3:27):
Learning how the wrapped sticks are joined/replaced (2:33):
De-ribbing the bear grass (1:04):
Wrapping the stick that encircles the basket (8:06):
Replacing/adding to the wrapped stick (3:54):



1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your wonderful story & pictures. I got to spend a year in Orleans area & got to the tail end of Follow the Smoke after I'd get off work. What a beautiful part of the world. Inspiring to follow your progress with your hat. Sherry