Native American Headdresses

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Headdresses were a symbolic, as well as artistic item for the Native Americans. There are many different styles of headdress and bonnets and worn for different occasions or special events. The museum has several displays of different forms of Native American headgear and other regalia. Eagle feather headdresses represent a great tradition of the Native American, but few people understand the meaning behind them. Eagle feathers were only given for special feats or displays of bravery and often warriors only attained a few in their lifetime. Horned headdresses were used by Indians on the western Great Plains. They were generally created by making a cap of buffalo hide and then horns were added for decoration. Only warriors of a certain stature were allowed to wear these horned caps.

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