Non-Native American craft worker O.J. Laier III has dyed these quills in shades of blue, purple and yellow, color has always been important to many cultures all around the world and a feathered headdress is a very important part of Plains culture.
These feathers are from a domestic turkey and they have been dyed and painted to look like eagle feathers. O.J. prepares the feathers further with yellow wool cloth wraps, domestic chicken fluffs and brass hawk bells between the feathers and the headband. At the tips and center of each feather, there are rabbit fluffs and dyed yellow horse hair dangles attached to the very end. The quilled headband is created with dyed porcupine quills, and edged with glass beads. At the sides of the headband, O.J. has added abalone shell discs with silk ribbons and leather dangles with tin cones and chicken fluffs. At the back of the headdress, O.J. has added a quill wrapped balance with more imitation fluffs.
Length 25 | Width 26 | Deep 26 inches
Length 63.5 | Width 66.1 | Deep 66.1 cm
*Note: All measurements are approximate
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