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War Bonnet

War Bonnets

Left: Arikara tribal chief, Sitting Bear, in eagle-feather war bonnet. Photo by Edward S. Curtis, c1908.
Courtesy Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': the Photographic Images, 2001.
Right A pinto pony with "War Bonnet" coloring. A War Bonnet has the colored ears -- connected by coloring across the top of the head -- and the colored "shield" on the chest typical of a Medicine Hat, with the addition of coloring on the sides of the head in a pattern similar to an Indian's feathered headress.
Photo by Bob Lemen - All Rights Reserved.