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long eagle feather headdress
  • Kiowa peoples
  • long eagle feather headdress, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • eagle feathers, feathers, wool, horse hair, buckskin, silk, cotton, thread, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 35 x 64 x 204 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 13 3/4 x 25 3/16 x 80 5/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2795
Description

The headdress has one long woolen trailer, decorated with eagle feathers. The cap portion has a red wool band, with a padded band of light colored cotton above. The woolen panel over the top of the cap is striped with dark blue and yellow. A lock of dark brown horse hair sits atop the cap, with a buckskin ring around it, and decorated with large green, blue or white beads on red string and strips of red silk. The base of eagle feathers is wrapped with red wool and attached to the cap's band with thread. There is a tassel of feathers attached with buckskin strips on either side of the band, and the band is decorated with a strip of loomed beadwork.

The beaded strip has a white field with translucent light blue and translucent yellow beads on the top edge. It is decorated with diamonds in sets of colors, and each are outlined with dark blue: a translucent red center and translucent yellow band, a translucent yellow center and translucent light blue band, and a translucent yellow center and translucent red band.

The long trailer of red wool is banded with black silk. There are stripes at the top, middle, and loose end in dark blue and yellow. There are eagle feathers with red wool wrapped around the quills that are stitched to lay in one direction. The wool on either side of the center row of feathers has buckskin ties. One of these buckskin ties has a tassel of small yellow feathers with dark tips. Most eagle feathers have a tuft of horse hair sewn to the end.