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Plains Indian Museum

Nez Perce 138 Plateau 318
pigment 539 bison horn 12 brass buttons 12 rabbit fur 12 golden eagle feathers 54 parfleche 19 glass beads 689 silver button 2 dyed horse hair 63 feathers 641 embroidery floss 3 wool cloth 199 sinew 620 ermine hides 3 silk ribbon 38 flicker feathers 5 tanned hide 570 brass bells 43
Buffalo Horn Bonnet 8 trailer 39
ca. 1860
L: 58.5 in, width: 19 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
Tanned hide made into headpiece with 20" L that extends past the neck and down to a flap on the back ("helmet style"). Split wool trailer, with punctured hide piece attached to the headpiece, leather through wool to hold the feathers in place. Runs almost length of trailer 20 and 21 eagle each side, wrapped with teal embroidery thread, and orange dyed horse hair at base and on ends of feathers, along with rabbit fur (?) on tip of each feather to hide glue for hair (possible later restoration). Two brass bells, 1/3 way down on the wool, one on either side of wool trailer, are tied through with leather strip, also hold the leather piece on interior to wool cloth exterior. Cap has bison horn on each side of head tied to cap with string of blue and white pony beads, and horn topped with strips of ermine hide overall and yellow dyed horse hair wrapped with sinew. Inside the cap is a folded piece of old painted parfleche, tacked down inside, to stabilize the horns on the exterior and fill out the cap.
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