Horse Mask: Horse masks were generally used only for parades and ceremonies because they restricted a horse's eyesight, but occasionally they may have been worn into battle. This particular one only covers the face, but others have been made that also cover the neck and chest. Materials used for masks range from leather, fabric, and quillwork to glass beads as shown here.
|Blackfoot 50 Kainai Canada 16|
|silk ribbon 38 cotton thread 354 tanned hide 570 glass beads 689 common raven feathers 2|
|horse mask 5|
|width: 20 in, L: 13 in|
|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|
|Fully beaded mask bordered or fringed in feathers - typical of Blackfoot or Blackfeet. "Star" on either side, as well as "boxed hourglass." yellow looped beads at eye holes = "Thunder" Feat in book, "American Indian Horse Masks," 206. by Michael Condrey, pg. 31.|