Sacred Honor, 36 x 36, oil on canvas
The American Indian was quick to assimilate European items into their culture. Did you know that many 'War Bonnets' are made on the crowns of felt hats? The feathers on this bonnet are attached with red Trade Cloth.
The scarf is silk. The vest and skirt could be bought at any mercantile or might be government issued. Even the bones in his 'sash' are cow bones manufactured specifically for Indian Trade.
The eagle feathers and elk teeth are traditional symbols of honor and wealth.
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