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Women’s Hoods

Women's Hoods

Women’s Hoods

Much has been written about the peaked caps – also known as hoods – that are worn by the Wabanaki people.  Bruce Bourque and Laureen LaBar present illustrations of several of these hoods in their book “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume”.  But what are they?

First, we need to understand that Wabanaki Hoods were worn by both men and women.  In this article, we will explore the women’s peaked hood.

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Breastplate Plains Style Instructions

breastplate instructions plains style

Plains Style Breastplate 

The Hairpipe Breastplate was invented by the Comanche in the 1850s and adopted by many other tribes of the Great Plains.  The term “Hairpipe” is used to describe the long, slim, hollow beads made from animal bone that are used to make Breastplates.

How to make a Plains Style Breastplate – 36 rows long:

You can make a longer Breastplate by using more Hairpipe and longer Breastplate  strips

Materials needed:

  • 4 36 Hole Breastplate Strips
  • 70 4” Hairpipe (Plastic or Bone)
  • 11 Yards Imitation Sinew
  • 72” Deerskin Leather Lacing
  • Deerskin Leather for Fringe
  • 216 Glass Crow Beads
  • 36 Glass Crow Beads in a contrasting color

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Chicken Dance Bell Instructions

Chicken Dance Bell Kit Instructions

It’s Easy to Make your own Chicken Dance Bells!

Use the Chicken Dance Bell Kit Instructions by The Wandering Bull Native American Trading Post to made your own Chicken Dance Bells. Chicken Dance Bells are long enough to extend from the waist to the ankle. They are tied in three places, at the ankle, just above the knee and to a belt at the waist. The Wandering Bull Trading Post has everything you need to make your own Chicken Dance Bells. Use the suggested supplies here, or customize your Chicken Dance Bells with your preferred supplies.

To make Chicken Dance Bells, you will need:Chicken Dance Bell Kit

  • 2 Pieces of Cowhide Strap Leather (36″ x 1″)
  • 28 1.25″ Sleigh Bells
  • 2 Pieces of Deerskin Leather Lacing 6′ long
  • 8 Yards of Coated Wire
  • Leather Hole Punch or Leather Awl

You will find most of these supplies along with the following Chicken Bell Dance Kit Instructions in our Chicken Bell Dance Kit!

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