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eagle feather headdress
  • Pawnee peoples
  • eagle feather headdress, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: United States
  • eagle feathers, felt, buckskin, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 56 x 59 x 59 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 1/16 x 23 1/4 x 23 1/4 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6287

The eagle feather headdress has a beaded band at the front. The white eagle feathers are tipped in brown with red and white downy feathers at the top and bottom. The quills are wrapped with red felt and buckskin tabs are attached to a light brown felt cap. The loom beaded band across the front has a white field and three triangles across the front, each in red, dark blue, white, light blue, orange, and red. The beaded meadallion at either end has a white field and a red star-like shape with yellow and light blue detail. There is a tassel of eagle feathers with red downy feathers at each medallion.