Native American Bison Cap
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Nez Perce
A photograph shows a Native American hat made of bison hide. Small antlers are attached to the front of the cap with strips of hide.
Photo: June 2009
This bison cap would have been used for medicinal rituals in Native American tribes, likely worn by the medicine man or woman. Caps like this one would also be worn by hunters while stalking prey.
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