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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Plains 1866 Blackfeet 183
tanned hide 570 dyed feather fluffs 31 brass tacks 42 dyed horse hair 63 golden eagle feathers 54 wool cloth 199 ermine 119 embroidery floss 3 rawhide 1018
Feather bonnet 50
ca. 1890
H: 18 in, Diameter: 8 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
Straight-up feather bonnet. Stiff piece of hide, made into circle, lined with cotton cloth on interior, and red wool cloth on exterior, and two sets of leather ties at back. Ermine tufts and some red dyed feather fluffs at the base of the upright feathers. Front has three rows of brass tacks around lower perimeter onto the red wool. Top edge has tufts of ermine skins attached, and then top edge has golden eagle feathers, wrapped at base with red wool cloth, and standing upright from the leather base. Each feather has a piece of rawhide attached to it with thread, and the rawhide is wrapped in wide horizontal stripes of embroidery floss in red, yellow, purple, cream. Tips of some feathers have strands of dark purple horse hair attached, and tipped at base with small piece of ermine hide. One upright strand at the front of bonnet is covered with dark purple feather pieces. Where the circular base meets at back, two piece of red wool are sewn on either side, and trails down approx. 14". Numerous ermine tubes hang from the sides and around the back of head piece base. Leather ties at chin.
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