Comanche War Bonnet
A symbol of power and authority
Eagle feather headdresses, also called war bonnets, are traditionally a symbol of power and authority reserved for highly respected Native American men.
Eagle feathers are given to individuals to acknowledge or commemorate a significant accomplishment and must be earned. These accomplishments range from acts of valor during battle to actions that benefit the community as a whole. Once an individual has amassed enough eagle feathers, he can make a bonnet. The more feathers in a bonnet, the more accomplished the person.
This bonnet is made from Golden Eagle feathers. The feathers with brown tips and a greater amount of white are feathers from a young eagle. They represent strength. The feathers with a greater amount of brown are from an older eagle and represent wisdom. Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk feathers hang from the sides.
Courtesy Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon
Clothing and Accessories
Time Period: 1946 - 1970
Exhibit: Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic
This artifact is currently on view.