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iH000104+02 - [front view] Cape of netted fibre and feathers, collected from Hawaii in 1778 during Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. The cape is unique in that the i'iwi feathers are ovelaid by the long tail feathers of red and white tropic birds and black cock feathers [ref: A. Kaeppler, 1978, p63] 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Photography Department, Australian Museum
 
Summary:
H000104 - 28/8/1894, cape, , , , Hawaii, Pacific
Item Name:
cape
Label:
This prestigious, sumptuous Kipuka (feathered cape) was given to Captain Cook on his third, and fatal Pacific voyage. It was a gift from ali'i (chief) Kalani'opu'u, either in 1778 when welcoming Cook - ther first European to land in the HJawaiian islands - or in Janurary 1779, shortly before troubles broke out, leading to Cook's death. Hawaiian chiefs wore capes and cloaks during ceremonies and in battle. They wrapped the ali'i in power and gave spiritual and physical protection. Handed down through generations, these were highly treasured regalia. This cape, one of six or seven given to Cook, is made from the feathers of various Hawaiian bird species, including the red-feathered I'iwi honeycreeper, (Vestaria coccinea), the yello O'o Moho (Moho nobilis) and Mamo (Drepanis pacifica), tropic birds and black-tailed cockerel. It was among 184 cultural objects kept by Cook's widow, Elizabeth, and eventually sold to the Australian Museum in 1894. [Ref: Long Gallery - 100 Treasures YCH, 2017]
Keywords:
clothing
Country:
Hawaii
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
28/08/1894
Registration Number:
H000104
Associated Stories:
Cook collection - history of acquisition
Captain James Cook's Pacific Voyages
Cook Collection - Hawaii
Cook's Pacific Voyages - Trade and Exchange
James Cook - Early Life
Endeavour's Destinations 1769-1770
Images
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iH000104+02 - [front view] Cape of netted fibre and feathers, collected from Hawaii in 1778 during Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. The cape is unique in that the i'iwi feathers are ovelaid by the long tail feathers of red and white tropic birds and black cock feathers [ref: A. Kaeppler, 1978, p63] 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Photography Department, Australian Museum
2:
Feather cloak, Hawaii. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Photographer Unknown
3:
Cape of netted fibre and feathers, collected from Hawaii in 1778 during Cook's third voyage to the Pacific. This one is unusual in its use of the long tail feathers of red and white tropical birds and black cock feathers. At least 30 feathered cloaks and capes were collected. On the occasion of Cook's official welcome by Kalani'opu'u, six or seven cloaks and other feather items were presented to him 
(c) assumed Australian Museum. 
photographer: Gregory Millen