...The Athabaskan smoking cap was worn by smoking men around the 1800s and 1900s typically of the higher class in order to prevent their hair from smelling of smoke. Smoking caps originated in the Chinese, Turkish and possibly Arabic regions of the world. Eventually the design was carried across seas to Northern America where Indigenous peoples adapted the design to sell to visitors.
—Hands-On student Curator Veronica Silva
Veronica chose to tell her story using photography (with models wearing the piece, including our own Director of Innovation, Chief Curator Bruce Bernstein). Because, as she notes, photography can tell many different stories depending on the viewer and their own personal narrative.