Roach Turkey Beard Red

Roach Turkey Beard Red

6.5″ Red Turkey Beard Roach

This Roach Turkey Beard Red is spectacular! The crafter created a clipped red Deer hair base.  He used Turkey beard feathers instead of Porcupine hair to make it.   This roach features 3 rows of dark Turkey Beard feathers in the front.  Two rows go all the way around and the third goes 3/4 of the way around.   The front feathers stand over 8 inches high.  This roach comes with a wood form for storage.  One of a Kind!

Roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.   Porcupine hair roaches can vary in size and shape, with some being relatively short and compact, while others are longer and fuller.  Crafters can customize the design of the roach to reflect the individual wearer’s preferences or tribal traditions.  They arrange the dyed hair in rows or sections, to create a vibrant and eye-catching display.

This Roach Turkey Beard Red measures approximately 6.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  You will find it in very good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

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Want to learn how to make your own Porcupine Roach?  Read our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

Or watch our YouTube Video How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach Red 9″ In & Out

Roach Red 9" In & Out

Porcupine Roach Red 9″ In & Out

This Roach Red 9″ In & Out is very nicely made.  The crafter started with a red yarn base.  He tied 3.5 inch long Red Deer hair for the inner and outer row.   This roach features 3 rows of dark Porcupine Hair in the front.  One row goes all the way around, one row goes 3/4 of the way around and the third goes around the front.   The front Porcupine hair stands over 8 inches high.  This roach comes with a wood form for storage.  It also comes with a single Deerskin Leather Lacing tie to help you keep it on.  One of a Kind!

Porcupine hair roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.  

This Roach Red 9″ In & Out measures approximately 9 inches long and 3 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  You will find it in very good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

Prefer to make your own?  Follow our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

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Don’t know how to wrap your roach for storage?  Watch our You Tube Video How to Wrap a Porcupine Roach

Roach – Round Eastern Style

Roach - Round Eastern Style

Porcupine Hair Roach Round

Round Eastern Style Roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia and Historical Re-enactments.

These classic Roaches are constructed on a hand braided round yarn base measuring about 2.5″ . Our craftsmen make the inner row of the roach with long natural colored porcupine hair averages 6″ . They use Deer Hair for the outer row.  Deer hair averages 2.5″ long.

Round Eastern Style Roaches are available in 4 colors:

  • Red
  • White
  • Purple and White combined
  • Dark Red

These Roaches attach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and  fastened with a roach pin.

We also offer 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches!

Roach – 16 and 18 inch Porcupine

Roach - 16 and 18 inch Porcupine

Roach – 16 and 18 inch Porcupine

7/1/2024 Note 18″ roaches are out of stock – due in August.

We offer Roach – 16 and 18 inch Porcupine,  with colored Deer Hair.    Choose from 2 lengths – 16″ long or 18″ long – and 2 colors: Red or White.  The front hair measures 6 inches – 7 inches long.

We also offer Roaches with the Deer Hair on the outside or  Deer Hair on the inside and outside.  Make your selections with the drop down boxes below.

Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.

We often have Porcupine Roaches in stock for immediate shipping,  you can call 1-800-430-2855 or email sales@wanderingbull.com  to see what is in stock and ready to ship.

Custom orders are Not Returnable.  All custom orders are subject to additional shipping charges.

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!  Learn how a Porcupine Roach is made here. 

Don’t miss our You Tube Tutorial on How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach Red 15″ Out

Roach Red 15" Out

Red 15″ Porcupine Roach

This Roach Red 15″ Out is ready to go.  The crafter made a multi colored  yarn base.  He tied Red deer hair for the outer row.    The front Porcupine hair stands about 6 inches high.  This roach comes with a wood form for storage.   One of a Kind!

Porcupine hair roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.  

This Porcupine Roach Red 15″ Out measures approximately 15 inches long and 2 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  A previous owner wore it. You will find it in good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

Prefer to make your own?  Follow our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!

Don’t miss our You Tube Video Tutorial on How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach 4.5″ White

Roach 4.5" White

White 4.5″ Porcupine Roach

This small  Roach 4.5″ White is perfect for a young dancer.  The crafter made a white  yarn base.  He tied White deer hair for the outer row.    The front Porcupine hair stands about 5 inches high.  This roach comes with a wood form for storage.   One of a Kind!

Porcupine hair roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.  

This Roach 4.5″ White measures approximately 4.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  A previous owner wore it. You will find it in good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

Prefer to make your own?  Follow our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!

Don’t miss our You Tube Video Tutorial on How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach White 4.5″

Roach White 4.5"

White 4.5″ Porcupine Roach

You will find this small  Roach White 4.5″ perfect for a young dancer.  The crafter made a yellow  yarn base.  He tied White deer hair for the outer row.    The front Porcupine hair stands about 5 inches high.  This roach comes with a wood form for storage.   One of a Kind!

Porcupine hair roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.  

This Roach White 4.5″ measures approximately 4.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  A previous owner wore it. You will find it in good, usable condition.  One of a Kind!

Prefer to make your own?  Follow our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!

Don’t miss our You Tube Video Tutorial on How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach White 15″

Roach White 15"

White 15″ Porcupine Roach

This Roach White 15″ is ready to wear.  The crafter made a hot pink colored  yarn base. The base is narrow at the back and three small yarn braids extend past the hair from the end.  He tied White deer hair for the outer row.    The front Porcupine hair stands about 6 inches high.  You will see one spot on the left side where some of the hair has fallen off.  This roach comes with a PVC tube for storage.   One of a Kind!

Porcupine hair roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.  

This Roach White 15″ measures approximately 15 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  A previous owner wore it. You will find it in usable condition with one spot where some of the hair has fallen off.  One of a Kind!

Prefer to make your own?  Follow our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!

Don’t miss our You Tube Video Tutorial on How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach Red 15″

Roach Red 15"

Red 15″ Porcupine Roach

You will find this Roach Red 15″  in like new condition!  The crafter made a red and white  yarn base.  He tied Red deer hair for the outer row.    The front Porcupine hair stands  6 – 7 inches high.  This roach comes with a wood form for storage.   One of a Kind!

Porcupine hair roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia.  You can attach a roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and fasten with a roach pin,  or use a roach spreader.   We also offer handmade 16″ & 18″ Long Porcupine Roaches and Round Eastern Style Roaches.  

This Porcupine Roach Red 15″ measures approximately 15 inches long and 3 inches wide at the widest point.  We got this roach from a collection.  You will find it in like new condition.  One of a Kind!

Prefer to make your own?  Follow our Porcupine Roach Instructions!

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!

Don’t miss our You Tube Video Tutorial on How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach – Round Turkey Beard Eastern Style

Roach - Round Turkey Beard Eastern Style

Turkey Beard Eastern Style Roach

Master Craftsman Andy Bullock creates Turkey Beard Eastern Style Roaches for us.  He starts with a hand braided round yarn base. Instead of Porcupine Hair, he uses Turkey Beard hair to make the inner row of the roach and Dark Red Deer Hair for the outer row.

Round Eastern Style Roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Dance Regalia and historical re-enactments.  Attach a Round Eastern Style Roach to your head with a small hair braid (or scalplock) pulled though the center hole and  fastened with a roach pin.  Porcupine hair roaches can vary in size and shape, with some being relatively short and compact, while others are longer and fuller.  Crafters can customize the design of the roach to reflect the individual wearer’s preferences or tribal traditions.  They arrange the dyed hair in rows or sections, to create a vibrant and eye-catching display.

We offer Turkey Beard Roaches as they are available. Quantities are limited!  They measures approximately 7″ tall on a 2.75″ base.

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Want to learn how to make your own Porcupine Roach?  Read our Porcupine Roach Instructions! Or watch our YouTube Video How to Make a Porcupine Roach

Roach Spreaders

Roach Spreaders

Roach Spreaders

Roach Spreaders are required to spread the front hair of your roach. We offer handmade first quality metal Spreaders in a variety of styles.  Our Roach Spreaders are hand crafted in the United States!

  • Plain Single Socket
  • Plain Double Socket
  • Plain Rocker
  • Plain Grass Dancer
  • Plain Chicken Dancer

Fancy Dancers and Grass Dancers use Rocker Roach Spreaders. The Grass Dancers can use the Grass Dancer Roach Spreader style. The Chicken Dancer Roach Spreader style is for Chicken Dancers.

Straight Dancers use a Single Socket Roach Spreader. Both Traditional and Modern Dancers wear the Double Socket Roach Spreader.

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Porcupine Roach Instructions

porcupine roach

Making a Porcupine Roach

The  Porcupine Roach is one of the most beautiful and practical headpieces of the North American Indian. Many different men’s dance styles use porcupine roaches.  The following directions will show you how to make a long porcupine roach.   You can also use the same technique to make a shorter or a round porcupine roach.

Materials Needed:

  • Porcupine hair
  • Roach Base
  • Imitation Sinew
  • Deer Tails
  • Large Needle
  • Scissors
  • Frame for tying rows of hair
  • Glass Jar/ Cup  approx. 4″ tall x 3″ wide (to hold the Porcupine hair)
  • Roach Stick (a 2.5″ dowel 6″ longer than the finished roach – with a nail in the top to hold the roach in place)
  • Elastic style bandage for wrapping completed roach

Continue reading Porcupine Roach Instructions

Roach Spreader Handmade 2 Socket

Roach Spreader Handmade 2 Socket

Two Socket Handmade Metal Roach Spreader

Add this Roach Spreader Handmade 2 Socket to your powwow regalia, or to your collection of accessories! The crafter made this spreader from metal. It has a double pointed end.  The crafter cut out four teardrop shapes on the long side.  Each socket comes with wood pegs to hold your feathers.

Roach Spreaders are required to spread the front hair of your roach.   Native American crafters make them from metal, antlers from moose or elk, and sometimes plastic.  They may add carved, etched, stamped or painted decorations to them.  There are different types of roach spreaders for different types of  Native American dances.

This Roach Spreader Handmade 2 Socket measures about  9.25 inches long  x 2.5 inches at the widest point.  We got this spreader from a collection.  You will see signs of wear. There is some green tarnish on the bottom  It  is in  good,  usable condition.  One of a Kind!

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Roach Spreader Two Point

Roach Spreader Two Point

Handmade Moose Antler Roach Spreader Two Point

Add this Roach Spreader Two Point to your powwow regalia, or to your collection of accessories! The artist hand carved this petite spreader from moose antler.  It features a two pronged end that looks somewhat like a deer or moose foot.  The artist added a single outline and small dots along the scalloped edges.  Use the hole at the end for your scalp lock and the socket to hold your feather.

Roach Spreaders are required to spread the front hair of your roach.   Native American crafters make them from metal, antlers from moose or elk, and sometimes plastic.  They may add carved, etched, stamped or painted decorations to them.  There are different types of roach spreaders for different types of  Native American dances.

This Roach Spreader Two Point measures about  3.75  inches long   and just over  1  inch wide at the widest point.  This spreader is in new condition.  One of a Kind!

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Read about the History of Roach Spreaders

Roach Base 18 inch

Roach Base 18 inch

Roach Base 18 inch

We offer Roach Bases for you to use to make your own 18″ Roaches.  We make ours with acrylic yarn which is lightweight.  You will find these Roach Bases softer than rope bases.  You will also have an easier time tying the Porcupine hair and Deer Hair to it.

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Roach Spreaders – History

Roach Spreaders - History

Roach Spreaders – History

Native American men in North America wear one traditional style of headdress called a ‘Roach’. Natives have made Roaches from Whitetail Deer hair, Moose hair, Turkey Beards, Porcupine Hair, Horsehair or a combination of these. Native Americans have worn some form of Roach headdresses starting before the contact period. Early colonial writings mention these headdresses several times. These early writers sometimes referred to roaches as ‘crowns’ or ‘coronets’.

Roach Spreaders - HistoryWhen wearing a roach, men can also wear a Roach Spreader inside to spread the hair. This way they can achieve a balanced shape for the roach. In order to facilitate wearing a roach, Native American men braid one section of their hair. Continue reading Roach Spreaders – History

Porcupine Guard Hair

Porcupine Hair

Porcupine Hair

Native American crafters use the hair of North American porcupines to make Porcupine Roaches.  Porcupine Roaches are one type of traditional headwear for Native American Regalia.  Our Porky Hair consists of the soft guard hair from western porcupines.

A 1 ounce bundle of Hair will usually be enough to complete a 15″ long Porky Roach.  The bundles contain hairs that range in length from 4″- 8″.  You will need to sort the bundles by size before you begin.

Available in 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce packages.

We offer ready made Porcupine Roaches.  Choose a Round Eastern Style or a 16″ or 18″ Long Roach.  Learn how to make a Roach here 

Turkey Beard

Turkey Beards

Natural Turkey Beard Feathers

Turkey Beards hang from the chest of male turkeys, just below their necks.  They seem hair-like, but they are actually modified feathers that have a consistency similar to horse tails.  Crafters use them to make head roaches from them instead of using Porcupine Hair.   You can also use them as decorative features on shirts, bags and headdresses.   Or use them to decorate Dreamcatchers or Fans.

This in sold individually ( each).  If you want to make a round roach, plan to purchase at least two beards.  For a 6 inch teardrop shaped roach, you will need 5 – 7 of them.

All male turkeys have beards, and some female turkeys do as well.  The length of the beards can indicate how old a male might be and they may play a role in mate selection.

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Deer Tails

Deer Tails

Deer Tails

Our Deer Tails come from the Northern Whitetail Deer.  Crafters use Deer hair to make the shorter outside row in a Porcupine Roach.  You can also clip the tail hair from Deer and hang it from Metal Cones to make very Eastern Woodlands style decorative fringe or tassels. Use these to decorate Bandoleer Bags and other accessories.

Our Tails come washed, dried and ready to use.  They measure 6″ – 9″ long.   You may dye Tails any color with commercial fabric dyes.

We offer Tails in:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Hot Pink
  • White

Try our ready to use Copper Cone Deerhair Drops

Read more about using tails for Porcupine Roaches here!

Loom Warp Thread

Loom Warp Thread

Loom Warp Thread

Loom Warp Thread is a heavy duty cotton thread.  We sell it in White and Black.

You will find this heavy duty cotton thread perfect for stringing up your Beadloom. Additionally, you can  use it to tie Porcupine Roaches.  You will find it the best choice for projects where you require a natural cotton thread.

Each spool comes with 50 yards of thread.

$2.00 each or Buy 6 or more of one color for $1.75 each.

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Pow-Wow Dancers and Craftworkers Handbook

Pow-Wow Dancers and Craftworkers Handbook

Pow-Wow Dancers and Craftworkers Handbook

By Adolf Hungry Wolf. Softcover. 144 pgs.

This profusely illustrated book includes historical descriptions of Native dances, regalia and dancers and instructions for making many Native American Regalia items from clothing to roaches to bustles to drums.

Instructional drawings, black & white and color photographs.

Pow-Wow Dancers and Craftworkers Handbook is a treasure to look at and a nice reference for those making Native American Regalia items.

ISBN 1570671907

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Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers – Female

Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers Female

Female Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers

You will find our Natural Female Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers a little more delicate than the Maile Ringneck Tail Feathers.  They appear lighter in color and come with more bars.

Use them for Fans, Roaches or other hair ornaments.

Choose from 2 length ranges:

  • 6″-8″
  • 8″-10″

We sell these Feathers in in Packages of 10.

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Hand painted Golden Eagle Fluffs

Hand Painted Golden Eagle Fluffs

Fluffs – Hand painted Golden Eagle

Hand Painted Golden Eagle Fluffs are beautiful imitations of the real thing!  Use them for Women’s Hair Ornaments, Roach Pins, Headdresses and Bustles.   Our painter lightly paints soft feathers to resemble Golden Eagle Fluffs.   We sell these Fluffs by the dozen.  Each feather measures approximately 6″ long.

Traditionally Native Americans have used feathers from a variety of birds.  They use them to decorate their clothing, jewelry, accessories and as tools, like Smudge Feathers.  While it is fine to own and use Turkey Feathers, it is unlawful to possess real Eagle, Hawk and Owl feathers.  You can still get the look of a beautiful Eagle feathers for your projects with our hand-painted look-alikes.

You may also like our other Hand Painted Feathers

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Bison Horns

Bison Horns

Natural Bison Horns

These natural Bison Horns will make very large Powder Horns. Cut the horn and use it to make a Horn Roach Spreader. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

These horns are natural black. They come minimally cleaned. Choose:

  • Cleaned and Scraped Approx 8″ – 10″ long with a 4″ diameter opening
  • Cleaned and left rough  Approx 11″ long with a 4″ diameter opening

We sell these Horns individually. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

We also sell Bison Toes!

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Native Tee Shirt – Slate – 20% Off!

Native Tee Shirt - Slate

Native Tee Shirt – Slate

Don’t miss The Wandering Bull’s newest Tee Shirt design!  You can purchase our Native design Tee shirt in Slate and Khaki!

This Exclusive silhouette design features a young Native wearing a Roach and Feathers.  A Bead and Bear Claw Necklace and facial tattoos add subtle detail.

You will want one in both colors!

100% Cotton Tee Shirt.  Sizes Small – XX Large.

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Native Tee Shirt – Khaki – 20% Off!

Native Tee Shirt - Khaki

Native Tee Shirt – Khaki

Don’t miss The Wandering Bull’s newest Tee Shirt design!  You can purchase our Native design Tee shirt in Slate and Khaki!

This Exclusive silhouette design features a young Native wearing a Roach and Feathers.  A Bead and Bear Claw Necklace and facial tattoos add subtle detail.

You will want one in both colors!

100% Cotton Tee Shirt.  Sizes Small – XX Large.

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Bag Beaded Warrior

Bag Beaded Warrior

Red Wool Bag with Beaded Warrior Image

Carry Powwow essentials with this eye catching Wool Bag Beaded Warrior!  The crafter used Red Wool for the bag.   He created an image of a warrior wearing a feather roach and an armband with Black, White and Gray Seed Beads.  Then he edged the bag with black bias tape and lined the inside with patterned red fabric. At the bottom he added 7 inch long tassels made with 1.25″ Brass Cones and strips of Red Wool.

The crafter made the strap with red fabric edged with black ribbon and lined with the same patterned red fabric that lines the inside of the bag.  He decorated the strap with seven 0.75″ Canadian penny conchos.  The Bag measures 11″ x 8.75″  not including the 7″ long tassels.  The beaded image measures 7″ x 6″.   The strap measures 22″ long x 2″ wide.  We got this bag from a collection.  It is in like new condition.  One of a Kind!

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