glass beads and leather
In traditional Plains societies, highly decorated children's clothing produced around the turn of the 20th century appealed not only aesthetically but also reinforced generations-old concepts and philosophies. With increasing challenges to traditional lifestyles during this period, reminders of who the Plains Indians were as a people were important elements in sustaining their culture. This bonnet prominently features the eight-point Morning Star, a sacred symbol representing the promise of dawn and the continuous rebirth of life-giving daylight. In a larger context, it conveys the continuance of the tribe, making it fitting imagery for a baby bonnet.
Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 12 illustrated/color.
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