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Plains Feather War Bonnet

SKU: 3005.19.01
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An inspirational reproduction of a turn of late 19th — early 20th century Plains style war bonnet. Made by me in 2019.

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Plains style war bonnet, handcrafted from 26 carefully selected moxtavovetas primary wing feathers. The feather quills are reinforced with stiff rawhide loops, wrapped with red trade cloth patches ("firecrackers") and attached to the skull cap with a buckskin string, creating the bonnet's flared look. The feathers have grey fluff and pink hackle decoration at the base and their tips are accented with gypsum («coup dots»), pink hackle and green human hair tufts. At the front of the feather crown there is a focal plumage from antique rose hackles.

The skull cap is cut from a dark brown commercial felt hat. It has prolonged ear flaps and designed to be worn in an old-time fashion above forehead. The outer side of the cap is entirely covered with red linen fabric and decorated with long fringes recycled from a vintage ermine mantle. The browband is done in lazy stitch using seed beads and features conventional Plains style mountains design on a Cheyenne pink background.

In the rear portion of the war bonnet there is a stripped quill tipped with a pompon of antique rose fluffies, also underneath the crown feathers is tied a personal war medicine pouch.

The overall finish and attention to details renders this bonnet a completely believable replica and looks very good to me. Note the pictures and see if you agree. I finished it after more than several years in preparation and feathers gathering.

Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)

Manufacture year: 2019

Tribal style: Crow

Finishing: Artificial patina

Materilas: Braintan hide *, Czech beads *, Ermine fur *, Felt *, Genuine leather *, Human hair *, Linen *, Metal beads *, Rawhide *, Trade cloth *, Vulture feathers (Aegypius monachus) *

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Northern Plains

Insignia type: Feathered war bonnet

It was said in my description that the bonnet is handcrafted from the wing feathers of moxtavovetas (black whirlwind or vulture). In Cheyenne culture moxtavovetas is connected with death, twilight, and the west (Moore, J. 1986:182). Vultures are acknowledged symbolically in the Sun Dance as one of the holy birds.

  • Koos van Oostrom, (2020-03-31)

     

    Great bonnets. Especially this one - very pleasing combination of colors!

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