- Museum number
Cap (shape derived from military form?, with decoration incorporating US flag) made of cloth, beads.
Diameter: 20 centimetres
Length: 6.10 centimetres (of brim)
Width: 7.40 centimetres (of brim)
Depth: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- American flags started being used as a design motif among the Plains peoples after the second half of the 19th century. The Sioux used this symbol extensively, although not always to declare allegiance to the US: in some cases, Americans flags appearing in beadwork decoration are purposefully turned upside down to signify opposition and/or resistance. Whether the American flags appearing on this cap implicitly convey allegiance cannot be ascertained, although the fact that the cap resembles a military one, and the date of acquisition after World War II suggest that it may have beem a war item worn with pride by a veteran.
The decorative elements are typically Sioux (double triangle with flaps or 'tipi' shape, the star, the 'vertebrae' motif). The use of colour is consistent with Sioux's widespread appreciation for white backgrounds and the use of blue and red are similarly popular.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 15 Jul-1995 15 Jul, Museum of Mankind, Introduction to the Collections
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
2011 17 Jun-25 Sep, Lotherton Hall, Leeds, Warriors of the Plains
2011 12 Oct-2012 19 Feb, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Warriors of the Plains
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