Feather headdress card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool

Feather headdress

17.1.13.1

On display

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Leather headband decorated with white, red, yellow and black beads. Golden eagle feathers wrapped with red textile at the base are attached to the beaded headband. More feathers and strips of brown ribbon are attached on either side and hanging downwards. After the arrival of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1891, Liverpool became a venue for First Nation entertainers. The popularity of Wild West shows and Hollywood films established the Plains feather headdress as a symbol for First Nation culture in the west. Many First Nations did not use feather headdresses, but adopted them for performances or to show their Native identity.