- Museum number
Blackfoot society head-dress (with bells) made of dew claws (dog?), metal, horns, leather. Some of the fringes are made of commercial cloth wrapped with fur (ermine?). Attached to one side, a skin tab is covered with commercial cloth and beadwork.
Height: 59 centimetres (including haning tassels)
Width: 27 centimetres
Depth: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Ethnography Department Christy Collection registration Slip: "Head band ornamented with birds claws and European hanh(?) bells. On each end are fastened curved horns. Headdress of Sioux medicine man".
Despite the reference to being a 'Sioux medicine man's head-dress' this item is almost certainly a piece of society regalia from the All Brave Dogs society of the Blackfoot (see also: Conn, R. 1982 Circles of the World: 86). Similar insigna can have long fringes and ermin tails attached to the horned hide strip.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985 1 Jan- 1987 31 Oct, Museum of Mankind, Lost Magic Kingdoms and Six Paper Moons from Nahuatl: An exhibition created by Eduardo Paolozzi
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
2012 22 Sep- 2013 13 Jan, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Warriors of the Plains
2013 25 May-3 Nov, Manchester Museum, Warriors of the Plains
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1900C3.243 (old CDMS no.)