People of the West - westernperspective
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"I moved onto the Indian reservation at Fort Hall in '62. I noticed the cowboys would hang their hats, and I noticed I could tell the person by the size of their hat. You can tell where people are from based on what kind of hat they wear. Up here they wear mountain western hats. In Elmore County they wear ash tray or duck pond hats. They have a lot of uses: sun protection, weather, rain, beating flies away, fanning the fire. If you find a huckleberry patch you can turn your hat upside down and collect berries."

-Randy Priest, Donnelly, Idaho

(Priest owns the Silver Tip Hat Company on the main drag in Donnelly. He's been making and selling hats since 1973 when he opened his first shop in Challis, Idaho.)

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