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long eagle feather headdress
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • long eagle feather headdress, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • eagle feathers, horse hair, wool, buckskin, cotton, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: approximately 43 x 58 x 181 cm length from forehead to end of trailer, width at feather tassles
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2680

The circular headdress has eagle feathers standing on the end. The cap is a dark yellow cotton with a wide strip of red wool (continuous with a long trailer) covering the middle. The lane stitched beading on a strip of buckskin at the front of the headress has a white field. Four dark blue triangles define a white box in the center. This box is flanked by stepped green triangles with a red and white square in the center of each. This beaded strip has a cluster of feathers on either end.

There is one long red woolen trailer with eagle feathers sewn on one side. The trailer has two thin strips of red wool about 1/3 of the distance from the top of the trailer which may be a pair of ties. Six feathers were once attached on the portion of the trailer not covered with the row of feathers.

All of the eagle feathers have a lock of horse hair glued to the ends.