Thomas Mails, a famous published ethnologist, writes, "Because he considered it to be an extension of his soul, the Indian warrior groomed and cultivated his hair with infinite patience. To embellish it further, he added pieces of personal medicine and ornaments, sometimes including breath-taking headdresses."
The flared golden eagle tail feather war bonnet was of exceptional regard as the feathers from the golden eagle transferred power from “The One Above” who dwelt in the sun to its wearer because the golden eagle was always seen flying so close to the sun. The feathers represented light rays coming from the wearer as an honoring of The One Above.
This Teton Lakota bonnet is of typical Sioux design with a large upright flared arrangement of the feathers. The ermine drops by the temples indicate a swift and agile ability where stealth and speed are valuable abilities during raids and battle. The hawk and eagle body feathers on the back of the crown indicate intimate connection to both birds of prey.
All the golden eagle tail feathers are awarded “coups” for exceptional raid and battle deeds benefiting the bonnet wearer’s esteem.
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