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Cheyenne style War Bonnet

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An inspirational reproduction of a turn of late 19th — early 20th century Cheyenne style war bonnet with a short trailer. Made by me in 2021.

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Handmade from 28 carefully selected 14" moxtavovetas secondary wing feathers. The feather quills are reinforced with stiff rawhide loops, wrapped with blue trade cloth patches ("firecrackers") and attached to the skull cap with a buckskin string. The feathers have whitish fluffs and red hackles at the base and their tips are decorated with ermine spots and red dyed horsehair.

The inner skull cap is sewn from a braintan deer and elk hides and reinforced with an outer cap made from commercial brain-tanned hide painted with red pigment. The browband is done in lazy stitch using seed beads and features conventional Cheyenne red-blue stepped triangles, bisected by yellow tracks line, on a white background. Also a row of strung hollow brass beads is attached above the beadwork of the browband. On each side of the browband is a trapezoid medallion from a piece of green abalone and a cotton streamer featuring white stars design.

In the rear portion of the cap there is a cluster of cut and stripped feathers dyed red, surmounted by the major plume which is wrapped with alternating red, yellow, blue and undyed quills and a bundle of whitish fluffs at the end. At the back there is a short trailer of blue cloth 19" long, backed with red calico and terminating with a patch of cotton fabric featuring the same as on the streamer white stars design.

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. It took me many years to finish making this bonnet.

Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)

Manufacture year: 2021

Tribal style: Cheyenne

Finishing: Natural patina, Artificial patina

Materials: Braintan hide *, Genuine leather *, Horse hair *, Metal beads *, Mother-of-Pearl *, Natural pigment *, Porqupine quills *, Rawhide *, Real sinew *, 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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