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feather ornament
  • Plains peoples
  • feather ornament, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • macaw feathers, string, metal, leather, fur, wood, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 23 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 1/16 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0751

Two macaw feathers have buckskin sleeves on the end. Another buckskin strip joins the ends and loops through a round silver colored metal button with notched edges. The feathers themselves are trimmed to two ovals with a small white fur band between and at the proximal end. The area between the feather and the buckskin sleeve is wrapped with string, mostly bright pink but there are stripes of blue and orange. There is a band of white fur with short feathers (in red, yellow, light blue, and orange) midway between the buckskin and the macaw feathers.