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A Chilkat dancing robe, made by Maria Miller (right) of Haines, Alaska. Traditionally, the yellow and blue colors were produced using lichens.
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Chilkat robe, detail.
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Chilkat robes used in a performance by the Chilkat Dancers, Haines, Alaska.
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James Henio, of the Ramah Navaho, collecting vagrant Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa for use in producing lichen dyes. From western New Mexico. Image 1
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James Henio, of the Ramah Navaho, collecting vagrant Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa for use in producing lichen dyes. From western New Mexico. Image 2
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James Henio, of the Ramah Navaho, collecting vagrant Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa for use in producing lichen dyes. From western New Mexico. Image 3
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James Henio, of the Ramah Navaho, collecting vagrant Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa for use in producing lichen dyes. From western New Mexico. Image 4
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Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa, with dyed yarn and finished rugs, made by the Ramah Navaho of western New Mexico. Image 1
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Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa, with dyed yarn and finished rugs, made by the Ramah Navaho of western New Mexico. Image 1
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Lichen-dyed yarn made by Glenna Dean of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Lichen-dyed yarn made by Glenna Dean of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Lichen-dyed yarn made by Glenna Dean of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Lichen-dyed yarn and weavings made by Karen Casselman of Nova Scotia (pink and purple top and background) and yarn samples by Glenna Dean of Santa Fe, New Mexico (twisted samples in center). Image 1
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Lichen-dyed yarn and weavings made by Karen Casselman of Nova Scotia (pink and purple left and background) and yarn samples by Glenna Dean of Santa Fe, New Mexico (twisted samples on right). Image 2
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Lichen-dyed wool made by Karen Casselman of Nova Scotia.
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An old poster showing Native American uses of plants for dyeing.
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A Native American hat, woven from plants dyed (in part) with lichens. Photo courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California. Please contact the Museum regarding use of this photo.


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