From: United States of America | North Dakota | South Dakota

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 21389
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Mandan | Sioux
Provenience United States of America | North Dakota | South Dakota
Culture Area Great Plains Culture Area
Date Made 1885
Section American
Materials Feather | Horn (animal part) | Metal | Shell | Beads

Made from a strip of hide about nine inches in length, to the front of which is sewed a strip of buckskin, covered with blue and white beads in alternating triangles. Two horns made from part of a buffalo bull horn are attached to the hide. Each horn has been split from end to end and one-third of it shaved thin and then highly polished. The ends are tipped with colored horse hair, strips of ermine fur, and wound with strings of small white beads. These horns are affixed to the top of the headdress rising from a mat of clipped feathers. At the back of the headdress is a strip of red flannel to which seven small brass bells are sewn. A string of feathers is fastened along the flannel and a number of long eagle feathers tipped with red drop from it. The front of the headdress is strung with tubular shell beads. A small bag made from a strip of calico hangs from the flannel at the back and contains a small quantity of yellow vegetable powder.

Height 56 cm
Length 27 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Stevenson, 1898

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