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Object Name Headdress
Catalog Number 1941.15
Date 08/28/1941
Material(s) Leather/Eagle feathers/Beaver fur/Felt/Feathers
Dimensions H-19 Dia-8 inches
Description This is an Native American headdress, probably Chippewa. It has a black beaver fur lining. There is a leather thong strung through the brim of the lining. It has brown and white eagle feathers trimmed on the ends to allow them to be folded around the thong and tucked inside their stem. There is a red felt approximately 1 5/8" wide wrapped around the base of the feathers and tied in two places with red yarn. It has small red, white, and green feathers glued to the eagle feathers at the tip and base. There is a 1 1/2" wide beaded headband around the front in white, black, brown, red, green and yellow beads in a geometric pattern. There are circular beaded medallions at both temples with black, yellow, orange, and blue beads with a black jet fringe. The fixture is stitched over tassels formed from strips of animal hide. Green feathers and green yarn, red cotton and red feathers, and white feathers sewn together.
Notes This headdress was presented to George L. Payne, the donor, by a trive of Chippewa in Wisconsin on August 28, 1941. Payne, who was from Frankfort, Ky., died November 16, 1941 shortly after this donation at the age of 87.

In some places is was customary to honor non-Indians with the gift of a war bonnet (ex. Calvin Coolidge and JFK). An Indian name such as "Chief Wolf" is often given with the bonnet.

Collection George L. Payne Collection
People Payne, George
Subjects Native Americans
Native peoples
Ceremonial objects
Chiefs, Tribal
Search Terms Chippewa
Frankfort (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS