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Feather Headdress

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Decorative elements on this double-trailer bonnet illustrate the evolution of the eagle feather headdress. Association with warfare is gone. Instead of the traditional horsehair at the tips of the feathers, white- and rose-colored downy fluff has been added. In place of depictions of spirit helpers, culturally important symbols, such as the pipe and the mythic creature Turtle, are painted on the trailer. Feathered headdresses persist in modern times as universally recognized symbols of leadership and also as stereotypes of all Native peoples.

Feather Headdress, Eagle feathers, native-tanned leather, glass beads, pigment, wool cloth, metal cones, porcupine quills, horsehair, silk ribbon, otter and ermine skin, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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