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Upper left: Detail of the Agua Caliente feathered blanket. Photos courtesy of E. Pearlstein. Upper right: Braided red border cord typically found on California feather blankets as supports for wefts connected by half-hitch knots. Middle left: X-radiograph image of the Agua Caliente blanket permits a clear image of the twined construction. Middle right: Photomicrograph in which three orange fiber bundles directly above the scale are cross-sections of the plant fiber used as the support for the feathers. Crescent shape clusters are typical for yucca. Lower left: Photomicrograph in which surface view of a fiber bundle indicates features consistent with yucca.

of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 12, No. 1. Harvard University, Cambridge. Guernsey, Samuel J., and Alfred V. Kidder 1921 Basket-Maker Caves of Northeastern Arizona. Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 8, No. 2. Harvard University, Cambridge. ellen pearlstein is assistant professor of information studies at ucla and a faculty member of the ucla /getty master’s program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation.

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The above article is excerpted from: Pearlstein, Ellen 2009 Restoring Provenance to a Native American Feather Blanket Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol.24, No. 2.

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