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The Crazy (aka Mad or Foolish) Dog societies were organized among a number of Northern and Central Plains tribes (Arikara, Assiniboine, Atsina, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan). The Crazy Dog societies of the Crow, Mandan and Hidatsa are homologous: all have rattles, whistles, horned bonnets and sashes. Besides the sash-wearers, there were 3 or 4 officers wearing headdresses of buffalo hide, decorated with split horns and [trimmed with] ermine skins. To the back of these [headdresses] were attached strips of rawhide decorated with quillwork [later this type of headdresses was replaced by bonnets with ermine tubes]. Horsehair tufts, dyed yellow, were fastened to the tips of the horns, and occasionally hawk [perhaps owl?] wing feathers were used for additional decoration [beneath the horns].
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Assiniboine Pronghorn Bonnet (replica)

SKU: 4063.10.01

A fantasy replica of a pronghorn horn bonnet of the Indian Wars era (c. 1870s) inspired by famous Assiniboine Chief He Wets-It's war medicine bonnet handcrafted for me by brilliant American Plains artists Bill and Kathy Brewers in . Not for sale.

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Split Horn Ermine Bonnet

SKU: 4066.09.02

Historically accurate replica of a Northern Plains style split horn ermine bonnet of the Indian Wars era (c. 1870s) handcrafted by brilliant American Plains artists Bill and Kathy Brewers. Not for sale.

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Plateau Ermine Split Horn Bonnet

SKU: 3004.18.00

Premium-quality reproduction of a mid- to late 19th-century Plateau or Transmontane style ermine split horn bonnet. For sale or trade. Made by me in .

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Kainai Ermine Split Horn Bonnet

SKU: 3006.19.01

Premium-quality reproduction of a mid- to late 19th-century Kainai (Blood) Kaispa Warrior Society ermine split horn bonnet with brass-decorated browband. Made by me in .

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Hidatsa horned headdress

SKU: 3008.20.01

Reproduction of a mid- 19th-century horned headdress with a short trailer, worn by principal officers (leaders) of the Hidatsa Crazy Dogs warrior society. Made by me (with a partial contribution of beadwork and braintan elk hide by of a prominent Czech craftsman Honza Podzemny) in , after many years of deep research and preparation.

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