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Dakota turkey feather headdress
Description A Dakota headdress circa 1880 originating in Medicine Hat, North Dakota and worn by a Dakota chief. The headdress consists of several pieces of animal hide sewn together with leather thongs or sinew. Patches of animal hair are visible on the cap portion of the headdress. A buffalo horn, split lengthwise into two equal pieces, is attached to the cap, with one piece sewn to either side. Purple and white-dyed porcupine-wrapped rods are attached to the tip of one of the horns and to the center front of the cap. Horsehair emanates from the horn's rod, but not from the cap's. A similar rod appears to have broken off of the second horn. Traces of red wool remain on the front of the cap, where it would have been worn close to the face. The remainder of the headdress is decorated with several dozen turkey feathers wrapped in red wool and sewn to the hide in regularly spaced intervals, as well as half-circle and diamond figures painted in shades of brown and red.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 67 inches length
13 1/2 inches width at widest point, including feathers
Nomenclature Headdress
Creation Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Collected by: Greene, Dr. Joel Henry
Made by Dakota Indians
Collected in Medicine Hat, North Dakota, United States
Siouan Indians--Costume
Indian. Clothing. Headwear
Dates Creation: Approximately 1880
Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 6300.1