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Eagle feather headdress
Description Dakota Indian eagle feather headdress, circa 1900. The headdress has a swept-back bonnet and a cap made of a felt hat with the brim cut off. The crown is decorated with a circlet of twenty-four eagle feathers, each tipped with a red-dyed downy feather. The top nine feathers of the circlet also have red and black dyed horse hair strands. There are remains of red and green dyed feathers along the crown. Each quill has a rawhide loop folded over its bottom and is wrapped with cotton thread and covered by red wool stroud. Quills are attached to the cap by a rawhide lace passing through each quill loop and through the cap in large stitches. A leather thong runs through the center of the shaft of each feather in the circlet. The attached leather browband is lane-stitch decorated with blue glass seed beads in a step triangle pattern on a white bead background. A cluster of turkey feathers (est.) hangs at each end of the browband; sinew is wrapped around the leather thongs attached to the cap.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 26 inches length at longest point, from crown to end of feather
Nomenclature Headdress
Creation Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Subjects Collected by: Whipple, Bishop Henry Benjamin
Owned/used by: Whipple, Bishop Henry Benjamin
Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Used in (possibly) Minnesota, United States
Indian. Clothing. Headwear
Dates Discovery: Not earlier than 1860 - Not later than 1901

Credit Line Gift of Mrs. George Chase Christian in memory of her husband, Mr. George Chase Christian
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 7418.1