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HEADDRESSES PLAINS INDIANS
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PICTURES OF HORNED HEADDRESSES
 
           

Buffalo horn bonnet from 1870's with short tails. Left, Kiowa, front view. Right, Kiowa, side view. Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains

 
           

Buffalo horn bonnet from 1870's with short tails. Left , Sioux; back view. Right, Sioux, front view. Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains

 
           

Buffalo horn bonnet from 1870's with long tails. Left, Sioux Bonnet with pinion feather tail, eagle tail feathers on horn tips, hawk feathers on crown sides, Sun Dance plume. Left, back view of same bonnet. Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains

           
   

Buffalo horn bonnet from 1870's with long tails. Left, front view of Sioux long-tailed bonnet with split buffalo horns and piece of buffalo tail wrapped with quills. Belonged to White Bull, nephew of Sitting Bull, who fought against Custer. Right, back view of same bonnet. Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains

 
           
Left, Southern Cheyenne buffalo horn bonnet with full tail of eagle Jing feathers. Right, Sioux bonnet with full tail of eagle wing feathers. Inside of tail is painted with symbolic designs telling life story of warrior, circa 1870.
Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains
 

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PAGES IN THIS ARTICLE Introduction~Four Types ] Horned Headdresses ] [ Pictures of Horned Headdresses ] Golden Eagle Feather Headresses ] Pictures of Golden Eagle Feather Headdresses ] Hat~Cap~Roach ] Animal's Skin Headresses ] Headdress Storage ] Conclusion~Footnotes ]

     

SIOUX WARRIOR WITH BUFFALO HORNS ~ The buffalo horn bonnet is one of several collected by Chief Joseph White Bull, nephew of the renowned Sitting Bull. It is assumed they were acquired during the reservation period shortly after the famous Custer battle in 1876.

Joseph White Bull, a Miniconjou Sioux, participated in the battle, and later claimed to be the one who actually inflicted the fatal shot upon Custer-a claim supported by the authority Stanley Vestal in 1934, and also by James H. Howard in a recent book entitled
The Warrior Who Killed Custer.

This bonnet fur is bobcat. It has an eagle's head mounted on top, plus a quilled ring and many dyed eagle breath feathers. The side and horn feathers are hawk. The long plume at the back reveals that the wearer has made his renowned Sun Dance one or more times. ~ Thomas E. Mails

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