• Shahad Bakerman

War Bonnets: A Fading Art

War bonnets are a feathered head piece worn by Native American leaders that we've all seen in movies.


"The Sioux" is a First Nation tribe distributed across the United States and Canada and it's believed that they are the first who made and wore war bonnets before other tribes adopted it.

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According to a Sioux elder, a war bonnet represents the sun and its rays, which in my opinion, symbolizes the wisdom a person gained over the years.


Some war bonnets have double-trailers to the sides that can reach the floor, and it indicated great honour. Each feather in that war bonnet is a authentic eagle feather, and it has to be earned and approved spiritually which is given in an initiation ceremony.


It's so unfortunate that making war bonnets has become a dying art, and the people who make them are almost all gone. Nowadays, they are mainly seen in ceremonial events.

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