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

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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

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
  • Stamped Single Socket
  • Plain Double Socket
  • Stamped Double Socket
  • Plain Rocker
  • Stamped Rocker
  • Plain Grass Dancer
  • Stamped Grass Dancer
  • Stamped 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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Roach – Round Turkey Beard Eastern Style

Roach - Round Turkey Beard Eastern Style

Roach – Round Turkey Beard Eastern Style

Master Craftsman Andy Bullock creates Turkey Beard Eastern Style Roaches for us.  He starts with a hand braided round yarn base. 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.

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!

Roach – Round Eastern Style

Roach - Round Eastern Style
Roach – Round Eastern Style

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. Our craftsmen make the inner row of the roach with long natural colored porcupine hair. They use Deer Hair for the outer row.

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 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 Hair Based White 14 inch

Roach Hair Based White 14 inch side

Roach Hair Based White 14 inch

Feast your eyes on this 14″ long  Hair Based Porcupine Roach!  The crafter used Dyed Deer hair  in Blue and Yellow to make the Base.  Rather than cutting it back, he left it for inside color! Then he tied a row of White Deer Hair for the outside.  You can see that the hair on the front of the Roach measures 7″ long!  The crafter used Braintanned Deerskin Lacing for the ties.

This Roach comes wrapped on its own custom made wood stick.

This Roach came from a collection. It remains in very good, wearable condition.

One of a Kind!

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Roach – 16 and 18 inch Porcupine

Roach - 16 and 18 inch Porcupine
Roach – 16 and 18 inch Porcupine

We offer custom made Porcupine Roaches with one row of colored Deer Hair on the outside.

Choose from 2 lengths – 16″ long or 18″ long – and 2 colors: Red or White.

Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.

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

You may also like our Round Eastern Style Porcupine Roaches!

Roach Imitation Porky Hair Leather Base

Roach Imitation Porky Hair Leather Base
Roach Imitation Porky Hair Leather Base

This Northern Plains Style Roach is made with Imitation Porky Hair and a Leather Base. A row of red deer hair lines the inside and outside of the piece. The imitation porky hair measures 9″ tall. The base has three layers of leather and measures 6 1/2″.

One of a Kind!

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Porcupine 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.

Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Eastern Woodlands Accessories

Eastern Woodlands Jewelry

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands used many materials to create jewelry and accessories to wear and trade.   In the pre-contact period, Native Americans in the Northeast used shells, bones, stones, feathers, leather, fur and metals like copper to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, headdresses  and sashes.  Some of these materials were fashioned into beads and pendants that were strung on leather or fiber laces. Others were simply attached to the clothing or body part that was to be adorned.

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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 7″ – 8″ long.  Large White  measure 12″ – 14″ long.  You may dye Tails any color with commercial fabric dyes.

We offer Tails in:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Hot Pink
  • White
  • White Large (limited quantities)

Try our ready to use Copper Cone Deerhair Drops

Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers – Female

Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers Female
Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers Female

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
Hand painted Golden Eagle Fluffs

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.

You may also like our other Hand Painted Feathers!

Native Tee Shirt – Slate

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

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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Bison Horns

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

Bison Horns measure approximately 12″ long. The opening measures about 4″ in diameter.

We also sell Bison Toes!

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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