Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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eagle feather headdress
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • eagle feather headdress, late 1800s–1942
  • Where object was made: South Dakota, United States
  • eagle feathers, feathers, buckskin, felt, string, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 49 x 70 x 57 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 22 7/16 in
  • Gift of William Wilhm
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6285

The eagle feather headdress is on a light brown felt cap. The white eagle feathers with black tips are tipped with downy red feathers. The quills are wrapped in red felt and are stitched to the cap. There is a lane stitched beaded band across the front. It has a white field with two rows of blue and red triangles. There are tassels of smaller white and brown striped feathers at either end of the beaded band.