Originally featured in Points West in Summer 2008
With its special power and beauty, the eagle is the bird most revered by Plains Indian people. This hat is made of an eagle head, wing, and tail feathers over buffalo hide. It’s trimmed with brass bells and has brass button eyes.
Such a hat would have been worn for personal adornment or ritual regalia.
Eagle hat, Crow, ca. 1870. 11 x 26 inches. Gift of the I.H. “Larry” Larom Collection of Plains Indian Ethnology. NA.203.168