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Insignia of war honors and awards

War bonnets

War bonnets

Reproduction Plains Indian feather war bonnets. War bonnets are complex things which besides being a badge of a warrior's honors and war exploits, were believed to have a great spiritual protective power (i.e. some of them are considered war protectors as well).
Hair ornaments

Hair ornaments

Various reproduction Plains Indians hair ornaments used as insignias of office and membership in a certain warrior society.
Pipes

Pipes

Original or reproduction Plains Indian pipes and calumets. The smoking pipe is the most revered cult object. It's smoke was considered the best sacrifice to the Great Spirit, and, sending it to Sky, Earth and the four directions, the Indian prayed for his welfare and all his relatives. As long as the Indian has a pipe, he could count on the help of higher powers and the chance to be heard by the Great Spirit. There's a difference between pipes carried around by individuals as a badge of authority and pipes that belonged to holy bundles and as such were "owned" by the whole tribe.

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