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Sioux Feather War Bonnet (replica)

SKU: 2922.15.01
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Late 19th – early 20th c. Lakota (Sioux) style feather war bonnet (reproduction). Made by me in 2015.

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Feather headdress in Sioux / Lakota style, made by me of 34 hand painted select jumbo 14" turkey feathers (simulating immature eagle feathers) tipped with red horse hair tussels and fur coup dots; red trade cloth fire-crackers, natural white fluffs and eagle coverts above; the feather loops are made of stiff rawhide.

The front of the scull cap of brownish leather is covered with natural fur strips; the browband features the traditional Sioux tipi (mountain) design with white background done in lazy stitch; 

Side decorations consist of rabbit fur drops (3 on each side), natural silk ribbons and a cluster of stripped blue-dyed feathers and bridle thongs. 

The rear portion of the headdress is decorated with a saw-tooth clipped major plume tipped with a cluster of red hackles.

The headdress is given an overall aged appearance, looks and feels like a real McCoy.

Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)

Manufacture year: 2015

Tribal style: Lakota

Materials: Turkey feathers (Meleagris) *

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Central Plains

Insignia type: Feathered war bonnet

«Sioux Feather War Bonnet (replica) SKU 2922.15.01» is an original one-of-a-kind item made by me in 2015 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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