Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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roach headdress
  • unknown Omaha maker
  • roach headdress, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Macy, Nebraska, United States
  • deer fur, porcupine hair, porcupine quills, feathers, thread, metal, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: approximately 18 x 38 x 58 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: approximately 7 1/16 x 14 15/16 x 22 13/16 in
  • Gift of Stanley N. Shumway
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0419

This roach has a tall ruff of dark brown porcupine hair with yellow tips. There is a row of red deer fur outside of the porcupine hair and a band of red deer fur inside the long hair, then a band of yellow deer fur. The center is filled with clipped yellow deer fur, then the natural white color (if it is white-tail deer fur). There are five long porcupine quills dotting the crown of the roach. They are wrapped with a metallic thread with small metal discs wrapped near the ends and downy white feathers on the ends. The hair and fur lay to the sides making this a wide roach.