Feather headdress card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool

Feather headdress

25.11.02.3

On display

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Headdress made up of two rows of feathers, tail and body feathers from a scarlet macaw, and a row of beetle wing cases (elytra). Three strings of seeds, beads and feathers hanging from the back. Among many South American groups, feather headdresses are part of ceremonial regalia, which often also include lavish ear, neck, arm and waist ornaments. Feathers demonstrate the owners prowess as a hunter, marking him as an efficient provider for both his family and the community as a whole. Feathers link the wearer symbolically to birds and, among certain groups, may act as a source of spiritual strength and protection.