February 19th 2019
Made for a departing commanding officer of the US
Based on a Sioux war cub circa 1880. It features a
painted war bonnet. The bonnet had to be earned through brave deeds
in battle because the feathers signified the deeds themselves. Some
warriors might obtain only two or three honor feathers in their whole
lifetime, so they were difficult to earn. The bonnet was also a mark
of highest respect because it could never be worn without the consent
of the leaders of the tribe. For example, A high honor was received
by the warrior who was the first to touch an enemy fallen in battle,
for this meant the warrior was at the very front of fighting. Feathers
were notched and decorated to designate an event and told individual
stories such as killing, scalping, capturing an enemy's weapon and
shield, and whether the deed had been done on horseback or foot.
A painted and studded Dragon Fly.
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change
and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of
change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the
understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
Also a painted and studded lightning symbol
The meaning of the Lightning symbol represented lightning which was
believed to add power and speed to the warrior. Lightning and the
zigzag symbol, painted in red, is also associated with the legendary
Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a powerful spirit in the form of a
supernatural bird from which lightning flashed from its beak and its
Painted two feather. Same similar meaning as headdress.
Coup marks (studded).
Counting coup was the winning of prestige against an enemy by the
Plains Indians of North America. Warriors won prestige by acts of
bravery in the face of the enemy, which could be recorded in various
ways and retold as stories
(top) gunstock war club (left) percussion cap pouch
(right) thick rawhide shield
March 4th 2019 Sioux Belt Pouch
April 1st 2019