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Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains

December 1st, 2016 All Day - May 14th, 2017

Through May 14, 2017  Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

Info: War bonnets are an iconic image of the American West, yet the truth behind these emblematic items is more complex than the name would indicate. Going back centuries, feather headdresses played a formalized role in both war and ritual with large and subtle variants in style, use, and design.  This exhibit explores the history and development of the Native American bonnet with a particular emphasis on the “flared” style—the most recognizable and commonly worn North American Great Plains bonnet.  Headdresses, ledger art, and photographs from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s permanent collection, as well as headdresses from the Gilcrease Museum and the Oklahoma History Center, will be on display.

Funding for Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains and related student programs is provided, in part, by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibitions and program, do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.