Mask: Native American Bison Cap

Mask: Native American Bison Cap

Native American Bison Cap

Native American Bison Cap

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license: public domain
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.


Artifact: 1870

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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Trafzer, C. E., & Weiner, D. (2001). Medicine ways: Disease, health, and survival among Native Americans. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Cohen, K. (2006). Honoring the medicine: The essential guide to Native American healing. New York: Ballantine Books.