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Joseph F. Rock

A young Naxi man wears an elaborate hat made of red panda skin, China, 1929. While not nearly as famous as their larger namesakes, red pandas have faced similar threats from habitat loss and hunting for their pelts. This use of the resplendent fur is reminiscent of the ‘'coonskin hat’ made famous by American frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett – underlining the red panda's association with the raccoon.


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