headdress with leather cap/headpiece with beaded band around front top with white beads with two lines of blue triangles, two red bars and two lines of red and orange triangles at either end; long red wool strips at each side of headdress, backed with buffalo hide; brown and cream eagle feathers overall; some feathers at top have light brown horsehair strands attached to ends; eagle feather at center back accented with bright red and bright purple feathers; images of cows' heads drawn on leather beneath feathers on crown of head

Headdress, late 19th-early 20th century

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This headdress is the gift of Jack Garcia, a Lakota descendant of Long Wolf, who led Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors in the victory against General George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn, in 1876. Created by a Tsistsistas or Lakota artist, it is a symbol of power, leadership, and generosity. In this same spirit of Lakota generosity, the Garcia family gave the headdress to Mia for visitors to admire and appreciate. At its installation, a Lakota medicine man blessed the object with the family.

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Headdress
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2015.6
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headdress with leather cap/headpiece with beaded band around front top with white beads with two lines of blue triangles, two red bars and two lines of red and orange triangles at either end; long red wool strips at each side of headdress, backed with buffalo hide; brown and cream eagle feathers overall; some feathers at top have light brown horsehair strands attached to ends; eagle feather at center back accented with bright red and bright purple feathers; images of cows' heads drawn on leather beneath feathers on crown of head