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Headdress from the Great Plains region with a trailer featuring golden eagle feathers, red wool, and lazy stitch/lane stitch beadwork with geometric designs. Tribal affiliation is currently unconfirmed, but likely belongs to one of the Oceti Sakowin (Lakota/Dakota/Nakota) tribes from the Northern Great Plains.

The headdress appears to be made with the top of a cowboy hat that has been cut off and recycled. The beadwork has geometric designs with opaque white, opaque navy blue, opaque medium green, and red white-heart beads. The beadwork was completed on a piece of what appears to be buckskin or elk hide, and was then sewn to the top of the cowboy hat. The headdress appears to have mature golden eagle tail feathers and plumes, and notably on the back of the headdress, one feather sticks out further than the others, but has had most of the barbs on the feather removed, with the exception of the barbs near the top of the feather. Red selvage-edge wool was used on the trailer, and red wool is wrapped around each eagle feather quill, secured near the top and the bottom of the quills with thread. The feathers are attached to the cowboy hat top and the red wool trailer with thin strips of leather.

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  • Golden Eagle Feathers
  • Leather
  • Beads
  • Wool
  • Sinew
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