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Santee Sioux Feather War Bonnet (replica)

SKU: 2921.15.01
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Late 19th – early 20th c. Santee Sioux style feather war bonnet (reproduction). Made by me in 2015.

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Made of twenty eight 14" hand painted jumbo turkey feathers simulating immature eagle feathers tipped with red horse hair tussels and white fur coup dots; red trade cloth "firecrackers" and white fluffs are used to decorate the base of the quills; the feather loops are made of rawhide.
The front of the scull cap of blueish soft leather is covered with natural white fur strips, features Santee Sioux style loom-beaded strip with a nice geometric design on the brass-tacked leather browband; side decorations consist of rabbit fur drops (3 on each side), a cluster of stripped blue-dyed feathers and bridle thongs.

Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)

Manufacture year: 2015

Tribal style: Lakota, Santee Sioux

Materials: Turkey feathers (Meleagris) *

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Central Plains

Insignia type: Feathered war bonnet

«Santee Sioux Feather War Bonnet (replica)» is an original one-of-a-kind item made by me in the genuine spirit of a piece that could have been crafted in the early reservation period, in a style worn by the Plains Indians. All parts including feathers have been artificially aged to give the item a special character as to look and feel like a real old artifact from the Old days.

Using turkey or other natural / dyed feathers simulating eagle or hawk feathers is a common practice in USA and other contries where birds of prey are under law protection and their use and posession is strictly prohibited except for Native Americans. So if you are not an Indian and don't want the extermination of these rare birds, the use of simulating feathers in this item can not be considered kinda violation or a disadvantage. As it was already mentioned in my article about Indian war bonnets, turkey feathers are generally used for imitation purpose: they are straightened first, then painted or dyed in a paricular way; their price depends on how accurately they simulate the original in shape, size, natural color and texture.

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