Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Omaha peoples
  • bustle, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • golden eagle feathers, red tail hawk feathers, ferruginous hawk feathers, barred owl feathers, wool, horse hair, rawhide, buckskin, metal, wood, plant fiber, pigment, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 133 x 62 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 52 3/8 x 24 3/8 x 6 1/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1538

The feather bustle is built on two strips of wool. The bottom layer of wool is red and the top layer is green. Feathers are bound together with red wool and stitched along the length of the woolen strips on short buckskin strips. Feathers are clustered at the top on a rawhide panel and hung on a wooden dowel. Some of the clustered feathers are dyed green. There are two sticks , wrapped in plant fiber, with feathers and have dyed red horse hair tufts, which are directed up the wearer's back. There is one metal bell at the base of the wearer's right. Most large feathers either have or have had smaller dyed feathers glued to the free end.