Friday, June 27, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 397 - Navajo Cheese Blanket Edition

Day 397 / Hat 397: Day 397 / Hat 397: Black, cotton, baseball-style cap with red, blue, white and black woven Navajo rug embroidery on front and red embroidery on back that reads: "Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, SantaFe." 

Attached SKU tag reads: "Museum Shops, logo products, chief's hat."

This is the last of the lids appropriated by the Bride during her Southwest sojourn, and she, not surprisingly, picked it up for the Project at the aforementioned museum's Colleen Cloney Duncan Shop. 

‎A blanket of the same design is printed on the gift  shopping bags with the following description below: "Navajo Blanket, Phase III Chief, ca. 1880-1900."

Besides being an awesome logo for the museum, it reminds me of a story from our move cross country (recounted in Steve Harvey's Nov. 5, 1997. "Only in L.A." column in the LAT), the pertinent part of which I'm pasting below: 

CROSS-CULTURAL LANGUAGE CLASHES (CONT.): Adam Tschorn of Los Angeles recalled the time he spent a night in Chinle, Ariz., where a Native American artisan "unrolled a very large, beautifully woven blanket which he described as a 'Navajo Cheese Blanket.'"

"The term struck me as a bit odd," Tschorn continued, "and after several additional references to this intricate and expensive 'cheese blanket' my curiosity got the best of me. I asked our host and the weaver what sort of ceremony the 'cheese blanket' was used for. After a moment of awkward silence, our host looked at me with a smile and said, 'It's a Navajo chief's blanket.' "

Tschorn added: "Needless to say it seems infinitely funnier now than it did at the time. . . ."

True story.


Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1.

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