When enough “coups” had been recounted, the warrior was honored with the right to wear a “war bonnet.”
The Lakotah “All Brave Hears” military society warriors were highly respected as the most feared in combat on the plains. Equal to the Cheyenne dog soldiers, the non-retreating Sioux braves of the brave hears lodges were usually leaders of many horse raids and battles. Their bonnets were usually composed of 22 to 36 eagle feathers, ermine side drops, dual colored lodges on beaded brow bands, and red dyed hawk and eagle feathers stripped and tied into clusters covering the back of the brain tanned buffalo hide crown. Red dyed porcupine quillwork would be found on the signature “Major” plume tied on the center of the crown.
Some of these warriors would wear their bonnet into battle as to intimidate any foe unlucky enough to oppose them.
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