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Wool and Silk Turbans

While I have no information to offer concerning turbans made from finger-woven wool sashes, or made from silk material, these types of headwear appear in many old photos of some Central Plains and Prairie tribes, both alone or in combination with a hair roach.

If anyone has any information to offer on this topic, I'd be very interested in learning more.

Some examples of turbans made from finger-woven wool yarn sashes, such as the picture below:



Pipe Chief - Pawnee - 1858


L-R: Sun Chief, A Fine Horse, Lone Chief, Struck By A Tomahawk, One Aimed At - Pawnee - 1868


Lone Chief, Standing Buffalo Bull, Iron Whip, Walks With Effort I - Ponca - 1858


Lone Chief (aka Antoine Primeaux) Ponca no date


Lone Chief (aka Antoine Primeaux) Ponca no date


James Whitewater - Otoe - 1891


Prairie Turtle - Otoe - 1894


Otoe man - 1896


Robert Headman - Otoe - 1898


James Whitewater - Otoe - 1898


Iowa man - no date


Little Chief Iowa 1869


Bear Iowa 1869


Deer Thigh Iowa 1869


Standing Hawk, Little Chief, Rattling Thunder - Omaha - 1866


Buck Elk Walking, Blackbird - Omaha/Missouri - 1875


The Buck - Omaha - 1883


Hard Ribs - Omaha - no date


The Watchful Fox - Sauk & Fox - 1847


Sauk & Fox man - 1858


Sauk & Fox men 1866


Many Scalps - Sauk & Fox - 1868


Moses Keokuk - Sauk & Fox - 1868


Winding Stream - Sauk & Fox - 1890


Shining River - Sauk & Fox - 1890


Shining River - Sauk & Fox - 1890


Black Dog, Not Afraid of Pawnees - Osage 1877





Some examples of turbans made from silk material:

Buffalo Bull - Pawnee - 1858


Group of 4 Pawnee men and 1 interpreter - 1868


Driving A Herd - Pawnee - 1868


William Faw Faw - Otoe - no date


Knife - Iowa - 1869


Omaha men - 1875


White Horns Osage 1904
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