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Northern Plains 1866 Hunkpapa Lakota 3
pigments 40 rawhide 1018 wool cloth 199 dyed horse hair 63 tanned hide 570 eagle down fluff bison horn 12 golden eagle feathers 54 ermine 119 dyed feather fluffs 31 hawk feathers 10 brass bells 43 Cotton cloth 154 adhesive 13 glass beads 689 sinew 620 canvas 234 dyed porcupine quills 86 Horse Hair 108
Dog Soldier bonnet and trailer
ca. 1850
L: 72 in, width: 8.5 in, width: 10.5 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
Split horn, feather bonnet with trailer. Tanned hide skull cap, covered with yellow pigment, beaded brow band in in white pony beads with 4 blue pony beads triangles, brass bells above it. Skull cap covered with bundles of eagle and hawk feathers - some clipped. Two split bison horns on skull cap, each has been carved with teeth on outside edge. Horns were connected together on each side with two strings of seed beads on sinew in striped sections of dark blue and white. The tip of one horn is broken off, and not attached to the two strings of beads. Between the two horns, a 13"L Commander feather extends from top of skull cap - carved with small diagonal lines at bottom, top is wrapped in sinew and has eagle down feather and dark red dyed horsehair (replacement - seen on other objects) attached. Mass of feather bunches on front of cap, red dyed feathers added to front above brow band - replacement pieces. Four (4) ermine tubes hang from either side of cap, along with 3 and 4 full possible owl feathers. Attached to back of cap is 63"L red wool trailer. The first segment of trailer has 16"L piece of canvas cloth sewn on by top edge, both sides of canvas are edged red cotton cloth, and cut away on the bottom. On either side of cloth are flat bundles of horse hair in two sections - five total on each side. Single trail of 32 golden eagle feathers runs down center of trailer, punched through the wool strung each wrapped in rawhide, red wool and strung on leather strip, and supported by long piece of hide under the wool. Each feather is tipped in dyed yellow horse hair (replacement - same color hair seen on other bonnets). Base of each feather has (replacement) red dyed feather fluffs inserted. | Collected at Grand River, Standing Rock Reservation.
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