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quill wrapped hair ornament
  • Blackfoot peoples
  • quill wrapped hair ornament, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, quills, horse hair, metal, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 25 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 13/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1724
Description

The tassel to decorate hair has two shorter strips of buckskin wrapped with red quills. It has tin cones with tufts of red horse hair at the loose ends. There are two longer strips of rawhide wrapped in red quills with tin cones and horse hair tassels at the loose ends. Tin cones with red horse hair and two metal bells are attached midway down the rawhide strips. There is a loop of rawhide and short strips of rawhide at the top, possibly to tie onto the hair.

These ornaments were used to tie the bride's braids together, and were flipped to the back to indicate she was married.