Native American Headdresses Photos

The Native American chief's feather headdress or war bonnet is a widely known Indian symbol, but other types of head decorations were also used.

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Eagle feather Sioux Headdress presented to Calvin Coolidge in Black Hills of South Dakota by Sitting Bull's nephew. Northampton, MA.Feathered native headdress at Museum of Idaho. Idaho Falls, ID.Feather headdress of Short Bull who performed in Cody's Wild West show at Buffalo Bill Museum. Lookout Mountain, CO.Native American feather headdress decorated with glass beads, felt & fur at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.
Eagle feather Sioux Headdress presented (1927) to Calvin Coolidge in Black Hills of South Dakota by Sitting Bull's nephew. Northampton, MA.Feathered native headdress at Museum of Idaho. Idaho Falls, ID.Feather headdress of Short Bull who performed in Cody's Wild West show at Buffalo Bill Museum. Lookout Mountain, CO.Native American feather headdress decorated with glass beads, felt & fur at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.
Lakota Sioux eagle feather headdress worn by Indian participants at St Louis World's Fair at Missouri History Museum. St Louis, MO.Shawnee eagle feather bonnet at Museum of Anthropology of University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.Sioux feather bonnet at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Eagle feather replica headdress at Stockyards Museum. Fort Worth, TX.
Lakota Sioux eagle feather headdress (c1890) worn by Indian participants at St Louis World's Fair (1904) at Missouri History Museum. St Louis, MO.Shawnee eagle feather bonnet (1962) at Museum of Anthropology of University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.Sioux feather bonnet (c1900) at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Eagle feather (using painted turkey feathers) replica headdress at Stockyards Museum. Fort Worth, TX.
Indian gallery with headdress & beaded items at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Portrait of Chief Yellow Shield-Sioux by Henry C. Balink at Woolaroc Museum. Bartlesville, OK.Chief with headdress detail of Warner Chamber doors in Nebraska State Capitol. Lincoln, NE.77 Monroe Center Indian with feather headdress carving detail. Grand Rapids, MI.
Indian gallery with headdress & beaded items at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Portrait of Chief Yellow Shield-Sioux by Henry C. Balink at Woolaroc Museum. Bartlesville, OK.Chief with headdress detail of Warner Chamber doors in Nebraska State Capitol. Lincoln, NE.77 Monroe Center Indian with feather headdress carving detail. Grand Rapids, MI.
Chant to the Warbonnet painting by Joseph Henry Sharp at Harwood Museum of Art. Taos, NM.Buffalo hide horned headdress worn by highest ranking warriors of Plains Tribes at Stockyards Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Lakota dance headdress at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Lakota buffalo horn & eagle feather bonnet at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.
Chant to the Warbonnet painting by Joseph Henry Sharp at Harwood Museum of Art. Taos, NM.Buffalo hide horned headdress worn by highest ranking warriors of Plains Tribes at Stockyards Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Lakota dance headdress at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Lakota buffalo horn & eagle feather bonnet (c1860) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.
Plains Cree horned headdress at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Boy Chief-Ojibwa portrait by George Catlin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas portrait by George Catlin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.See-non-ty-a an Iowa Medicine Man portrait by George Catlin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.
Plains Cree horned headdress (prior to 1950) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Boy Chief-Ojibwa portrait (1843) by George Catlin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas portrait (1844-5) by George Catlin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.See-non-ty-a an Iowa Medicine Man portrait (1844-5) by George Catlin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.
Portrait of Tchan-Dee, Oglala Chief by George Catlin at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Sioux feather cap at Museum of Anthropology of University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.Roach headdress made of deer hair at Johnston Farm Museum. Piqua, OH.Plains ceremonial headdress of porcupine quills at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.
Portrait of Tchan-Dee, Oglala Chief (1832) by George Catlin at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Sioux feather cap (late 1800s or early 1900s) at Museum of Anthropology of University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.Roach headdress made of deer hair at Johnston Farm Museum. Piqua, OH.Plains ceremonial headdress of porcupine quills (c1900) at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.
Hupa feathered headdress at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Yakima bride's headdress of dentalia shells & Chinese coins at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Nez Perce woven corn husk hat at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Hupa Indian woven hat from Central California at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.
Hupa feathered headdress (c1920) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Yakima bride's headdress (1900) of dentalia shells & Chinese coins at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Nez Perce woven corn husk hat at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Hupa Indian woven hat from Central California at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.
Nez Perce woman's basket hat at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Hupa woman's basketry hat from Northern California at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Yoruba-style crown-for-initiation headdress from USA at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Beaded Oglala headdress & shirt used in 1920s Broadmoor Hotel performances at El Pomar Carriage Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.
Nez Perce woman's basket hat (1878) at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Hupa woman's basketry hat (c1900) from Northern California at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Yoruba-style crown-for-initiation headdress (1990s) from USA at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Beaded Oglala headdress & shirt used in 1920s Broadmoor Hotel performances at El Pomar Carriage Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.
Tlingit carved wooden ceremonial hat & robe at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Haida woven hat with painted frog design at Vancouver Museum. Vancouver, BC.Yupik northwest coast woven root rain hat at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Haida basket hat with killer whale at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.
Tlingit carved wooden ceremonial hat (c1850) & robe (c1880) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Haida woven hat with painted frog design at Vancouver Museum. Vancouver, BC.Yupik northwest coast woven root rain hat (c1840) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Haida basket hat with killer whale (c1890) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.
Northwest coast native crest hat in raven form at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast Indian painted spruce root hat at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Tlingit basketry hat & cover at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Northwest coast conical native hat at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Northwest coast native crest hat in raven form (1860-80) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast Indian painted spruce root hat (c1923) at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Tlingit basketry hat & cover (early 19th C) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Northwest coast conical native hat (c1790) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Northwest coast native spruce root woven whaler's hat at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Traditional Makah cedar rain hat in Astoria Heritage Museum. Astoria, OR.Woven Clatsop rain hat at Fort Clatsop museum. Astoria, OR.Nisga'a frontlet headdress with white owl from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Northwest coast native spruce root woven whaler's hat (19th C) at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Traditional Makah cedar rain hat in Astoria Heritage Museum. Astoria, OR.Woven Clatsop rain hat at Fort Clatsop museum. Astoria, OR.Nisga'a frontlet headdress with white owl (19th C) from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Teikweidi brown bear clan hat at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan eagle headdress at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask (late 19th C) from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Bella Coola headdress bird of prey mask (late 19th C) from British Columbia, Canada, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Teikweidi brown bear clan hat (c1860) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan eagle headdress (1870-1910) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of beaver at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of black bear at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Nuxalk face headdress at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Tlingit ceremonial thunderbird headdress from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.
Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of beaver (c1860) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of black bear (c1870-1900) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Nuxalk face headdress (c1860) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Tlingit ceremonial thunderbird headdress (late 1800s) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.
Northwest Coast native wooden Box of Daylight Raven hat by Tlingit artist of Taku at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Nisga'a eagle headdress from Upper Nass River, BC, Canada at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Inuit bentwood hunting hat with ivory birds & walrus from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Kayapo feather headdress from Brazil at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
Northwest Coast native wooden Box of Daylight Raven hat (c1850) by Tlingit artist of Taku at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Nisga'a eagle headdress (c1880) from Upper Nass River, BC, Canada at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Inuit bentwood hunting hat with ivory birds & walrus (c1897) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Kayapo feather headdress (c1910) from Brazil at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
Maina feather headdress from Amazon region of Brazil at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Colombian ceramic male figure with headdress at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Ceramic human figure with headdress & loin cloth from Nayarit or Jalisco Western Mexico at Museo de las Americas. Denver, CO.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with bird headdress from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Maina feather headdress (c1925) from Amazon region of Brazil at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Colombian ceramic male figure with headdress (1000-1400) at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Ceramic human figure with headdress & loin cloth from Nayarit or Jalisco Western Mexico at Museo de las Americas. Denver, CO.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with bird headdress (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with fangs, snake ears & feline headdress from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Late Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome tripod plate painted with figure with headdress from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Gold pendant of man with headdress from Guanecoste Region of Costa Rica at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.
Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with fangs, snake ears & feline headdress (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Late Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome tripod plate painted with figure with headdress (600-700CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Gold pendant of man with headdress (700-1400) from Guanecoste Region of Costa Rica at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.

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