Historically accurate replica of feather bonnet of Indian Wars era (c. 1870's). Hand painted turkey feathers representing immature golden eagle feathers have buckskin thong-wrapped red wool tradecloth "firecrackers" with hand painted "spade" feathers above. Feather tips decorated with ermine spots and orange dyed horsehair. Sinew sewn brain-tan buckskin cap has a cluster at crown of cut and stripped barred turkey wing feathers dyed teal blue, surmounted by the major plume, which is dyed red. Brow band is beaded with old time seed bead colors and is fringed along the top edge of the buckskin band. On each side of the brow band are two ermine tubes with buckskin thong-wrapped "firecrackers" at top with two sets of silk ribbon clusters dyed various colors. Bonnet is given an overall "aged" appearance.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers