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Assiniboine antelope-horn headdress
ca. 1850
Saskatchewan, Canada
Antelope horn, deer hide, porcupine quills, feathers, horsehair, red wool, brass bells, glass beads

George Catlin, an early observer, remarked that only those “whose exceeding valor, worth, and power is admitted by all the nation” wore headgear with animal horns attached—emblems of power.

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