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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Plains 1866 Blackfeet 183
wool cloth 199 dyed feathers 24 tanned hide 570 dyed horse hair 63 pigment 539 brass bells 43 feather fluffs 49 ermine 119 Cotton cloth 154 glass beads 689 cotton thread 354 satin ribbon 25 golden eagle feathers 54 commercial felt 4 bison horn 12
split horn bonnet 3
Diameter: 17.5 in
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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 bonnet with short red wool cloth trailer. Skull cap of commercial felt covered with short ermine strips, beaded headband 1"W of tanned hide added. White and red white heart glass seed beads in alternating triangle pattern - red on bottom. Split bison horn - inserted through the felt skull cap. Horns are tied with red, yellow, pink ribbon strands at the top, red dyed feather fluffs, red horse hair on tips, and a cotton string runs between the two with 5 small brass bells attached. At the base of each horn, on the cap, are yellow, red, pink, navy blue ribbons strands, dyed and clipped feathers in pink and red. At rear of cap are two bundles of ribbon in red, yellow, blue. A short red wool cloth with serge end visible trailer is stitched in to the back of the skull cap. First layer is long strips of ermine hide, covered by nine (9) golden eagle feathers wrapped at quill in red wool and cotton twine - one empty cloth casing. Next layer is 30 ermine tubes, wrapped at base with red wool cloth and cotton twine. Cotton cloth strips inside cap appear to hold some of the eagle feathers in place from opposite side.
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