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Feather Headdress

Eastern Plains or Western Great Lakes

Not on view

“Swept back,” flaring headdresses are an icon of the American Indian in general and the Plains Indian in particular. Trimmed feathers of the raven—a bird closely associated with war—are attached to the cap. The browband is ornamented with porcupine quillwork and projecting rawhide triangles as opposed to the beadwork browbands of later headdresses. This example is the earliest known of its type and preceded the large eagle feather bonnets of the 1800s.

Feather Headdress, Raven feathers, porcupine quills, native-tanned leather, deer hair, metal cones, Eastern Plains or Western Great Lakes

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