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Accession Number:
NA.205.127
Makers
Northern Plains, Amoskapi Pikuni, Blackfeet
Descriptions
metal, dyed feather fluffs, ochre, ermine, Cotton cloth, adhesive, rawhide, bald eagle feathers, brass bells, pericardium, tanned hide, wool cloth, Horse Hair
Names
Feather bonnet
Date:
ca. 1860
Dimensions:
L: 18 in, H: 18.5 in, Diameter: 28 in
Credit Line:
The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe
Remarks:
Stand up style Blackfeet feather bonnet. Rawhide strip is basis for headpiece band (no crown), covered with red wool cloth on exterior, and cotton muslin on interior. A strip of tanned hide is attached to two sides on interior, as way to keep securely on the head. Front edge and around crown is tanned hide, back portion are two flaps that meet and are backed and edged in cotton cloth. Front headband has two horizontal rows of silver colored metal tacks, 28 total (one replacement). Base of head piece has bald eagle feathers attached - base of quill wrapped in rawhide, the whole wrapped in red wool cloth, then wrapped at top and bottom in pericardium strips. A hide strip is strung over and under between all feathers near the center to keep in place. Base of wrapping has short ermine strips attached and red feather fluffs inserted, and brass bells attached (13 now in place). Each of the 30 feathers have been ochred, and some have been trimmed to a narrower profile. Tip of each feather has ermine tuft adhered to exterior along with red feather fluff and horse hair tuft. On either side of head band are ermine tubes, wrapped in same manner as feathers with some red feather fluffs. Ten (10) on LFP and nine (9) on RFP.

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