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19 th Century
Size : 76 cm long – 30 ins long
Cf ( two examples in the Brooklyn Museum , New York , No.s 08 491 8802 , 08 491 8812
The Maidu lived as neighbours of the Pomo on the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley and the adjacent Sierra Nevada mountains and were divided into three linguistic groups , North Western or Konkow , the Mountain Maidu , and the Southern Maidu or Nisenan .
This head plume was used in the Toto dance , a sacred ceremonial dance that could be performed at any time of the year . It was worn across the back of the head stuck into the hair , together with a flicker band on the forehead and plume sticks that were held in the hand . It may also have served as a wand indicating a members status and position in the secret society . Maidu dance regalia was owned individually and often made by the user and stored for repeated use . However , they are rarely seen as it was Maidu custom to destroy all regalia at the owners death .
|Height||76.00 cm||(29.92 inches)|