Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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eagle feather headdress
  • unknown Siksika (Blackfoot) maker
  • eagle feather headdress, late 1800s–1880
  • Where object was made: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • golden eagle feathers, felt, metal, buckskin, string, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 39 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 15 3/8 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift of Orvel A. Criqui
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6282

The feather headdress has a buckskin headpiece and a band of white eagle feathers with black tips that stand on end. Each feather is wrapped with red felt at the proximal end and is stitched to the felt base. There is a band of metal bells above a band of beading. The beaded band has a white field, red crosses, and dark blue triangles with red, white, and black outlines.