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Plains upright-style war bonnet

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An inspirational reproduction of a turn of late 19th — early 20th century Arapaho / Cheyenne / Lakota style straight-up war bonnet. Made by me in 2020.

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Handmade from 28 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. The feathers have greyish fluffs at the base and their tips are accented with gypsum («coup dots»), yellow horse hair tufts recycled off from an original 1880-s U.S. cavalry shako helmet plume.

The skull cap is cut from a braintan deer hide. The outer side of the cap is entirely painted with green-blue pigment. The browband is done in lazy stitch using seed beads and features conventional Plains red-blue stepped triangles, bisected by yellow tracks line, on a white background. The area beneath the browband is highlighted with a bunch of hawk feathers, a pair of lynx fur tubes, pheasant feathers and 100% silk ribbon drops.

In the rear portion of the war bonnet there is a personal war medicine pouch. The crown of the skull cap has a small cluster of cut and stripped natural owl feathers, and is surmounted by the major plume.

The war bonnet is given an overall aged appearance to look old. 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: 2020

Tribal style: Arapaho, Cheyenne, Lakota

Finishing: Natural patina, Artificial patina

Materials: Braintan hide *, Feathers *, German beads *, Hawk bells *, Hawk feathers (Buteo) *, Horse hair *, Lynx fur *, Natural pigment *, Natural silk *, Owl feathers (Bubo Bubo) *, Rawhide *, Real sinew *, Skunk fur *, Trade cloth *, Vulture feathers (Aegypius monachus) *

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Central 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.

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