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eagle feather headdress
  • Arapaho peoples
  • eagle feather headdress, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • eagle feathers, felt, buckskin, shell buttons, ribbons, beads, ermine?, string, horse hair, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54 x 33 x 58 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 13 x 22 13/16 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6283
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Description

The eagle feather headdress has a beaded headband. It has white feathers with black tips and tufts of yellow horsehair and downy red feathers at the tips. The quills are wrapped with red felt and stitched into place. There are downy white feathers just above the red felt and a band of beaded buckskin at the front. It has a white field with a red and blue triangle on either side and a red, blue, and brown triangle in the center. There is a shell bead with two bead fringes on either side of the center triangle. There is a round shell bead at either end of the beaded strip with a fringe of oblong red beads, two white furs with black horsehair tails (intended to look like ermine tail) and green or yellow ribbons.