Thursday, August 28, 2008

War bonnet comes to Historical Collections & Archives

This recent donation is my new favorite item in the collections here at OHSU: I find I am absolutely unable to go for very long without staring at it or brushing out its feathers.

Presented to former School of Nursing Dean Carol A. Lindeman, this barred turkey war bonnet was created by Navajo artisan Matt Secaturo and Laguna artisan William Romero. The headdress will be added to the other materials in the Carol A. Lindeman Collection (Accession 2004-029), and will soon be joined by a peace pipe (presented at the same time) and a pair of Dean Lindeman's cowgirl boots.

For more information on war bonnets and other Native American headdresses, check out this page from Native Languages of the Americas, a non-profit group interested in preserving indigenous languages and cultures.

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