“the most important articles of dance costume were the feather plume, the flicker feather head band, the magpie feather crown, and the feather skirt. with these were used certain auxiliary items, such as paints, ear plugs, nose sticks, bead necklaces, and belts, clouts and skirts. also there were objects carried by the dancers, such as the feather ropes borne by women, and the beads, arrows, feather sticks, and imitation bear claws, carried by the men. the music consisted of songs accompanied by the foot drum, the split stick clapper rattle, and the bone whistle.” [1]

10/01/2012 § Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

from top to bottom:
ceremonial objects
flicker quill headbands
feather dance plumes
feather skirts
feather skirt (rear)

 

found these a long while back.  stumbled upon them yesterday.  the plate with feather dance plumes could almost be a study by cy twombly.  for more on the miwok cultural life visit here.

 

more to follow

a young hare

 

note:

[1]     the posts title was taken from the following website.

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