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The manner of storing the Plains headdresses was as clever as the head coverings themselves.

The roach was wrapped around a sculptured wood form, with a knob on top which was inserted through the hole in the roach just as the hair was inserted when the roach was worn on the head.

A piece of bright trade cloth was then wrapped around the roach and the wood form to hold them together in a neat package.

Feather bonnets were folded and rolled together into cylindrical shape as small as six inches in diameter or - eight for a bonnet with a tail - and then inserted in long, round rawhide carrying cases which were hung on the saddle while traveling.

Detail of thong tie at side of case. Method of attaching carrying loop.
Detail of lid tie. Detail of lid tie.
Method of securing bottom cover to case. Detail of bottom fringe.



  Painted Blackfoot Rawhide Case
Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains
    Blackfoot rawhide case for carrying selected coup feathers.
Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains
    Case for feathered hair ornament.
Thomas E. Mails, Mystic Warriors of the Plains
    Kiowa bonnet case with bonnet inserted.
    Disk top
of case.
    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 ]

WHITE BULL-MINICONJOU SIOUX WARRIOR ~ The painting is a depiction of the famous White Bull, who claimed to be the one who killed Custer. He wears one of the great Sioux buffalo horn bonnets he collected, and a Crow war shirt, which Would be strange were it not for the fact that warriors who were girding themselves for battle sometimes donned garments or carried weapons or medicines captured from enemies in past battles. They did this to heighten their excitement, to show their prowess to others, and to build up their own courage. It was believed that the victor in battles gained the added strength of the victim's own captured medicine by donning the garment or carrying the item. Sometimes warriors wore captured enemy clothing while in enemy territory to deceive the foe.
~ Thomas E. Mails
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