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Old 12-07-2007, 11:45 AM   #1
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Bead/rhinestone "scalp drops"

I like the looks of the drops that are suspended from the side of the roach in the same location as the feathers. I think I've seen them made of bead strings, oversized "key chain", rhinestones, and tacked or spotted leather strips. Some guys tuck the free end into a roach neck string. I wondered if there was any story behind their use.
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I like the looks of the drops that are suspended from the side of the roach in the same location as the feathers. I think I've seen them made of bead strings, oversized "key chain", rhinestones, and tacked or spotted leather strips. Some guys tuck the free end into a roach neck string. I wondered if there was any story behind their use.
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You know, I used to see the rhinestone drops quite a bit on Pawnee straight dancers. I think it looks good too!
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In old photos, I've seen ornaments like those described worn by Pawnee, Ponca, Kaw, Kiowa, and Comanche men among others.... young and old....

In recent memory, Johnny Hughes was the guy I can think of right off the top of my head who wore one.... his was dyed black leather w/ graduated metal spots and bugle bead edge beading.... looked keen.

My personal favorite style that I've seen in old pics are made of twisted hide strips w/ a gourd stitched horsehair tassle at the end - usually a matched pair.... now that I think about it, Glen Heminokeky has a set like that - I believe his were made by Vanessa Jennings. Sharp dressed young straight dancer....

I was under the impression that the drops we're talking about here may have been associated with the NAC at one point long ago, but any strict connection was lost during the early 20th C. Again, just an impression & I don't remember where I heard that, so it may just be worth the cyperspace it's printed on, but when it comes to many of the old pics of Comanche and Kiowa men who were wearing those drops, they frequently also had other NAC related stuff - the bandolier, shoulder feathers, etc.... again, just an impression that could be totally wrong.....
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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I wear the Rhinestone drops with my roach clan feathers. I'm just not totally sure why their worn, just as I was taught when I was dressed earlier. Again, Just Because!!!!! I do tuck in the ends into my shoe lace just about higher than the chin area. I tuck mine in so they don't swing around so much.
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I know very little about this but I can say that I have seen this worn a number of different ways. Today, it seems that these dangles/ chains are part of the feathers on a roach but I have seen old photos of folks wearing just the drops with no feathers.

Str8Dancer49, what you said about Glen is right on. "Sharp dressed young straight dancer"!

Just looking around here, I am finding Osage pics with guys wearing all kinds of combos. Feathers with chains/ dangles, no feathers or dangles, fluff and dangles, and so on. There is a JC Avery photo of a committee and their guests at the district's first dance and hardly anyone pictured is wearing any of this (feathers or dangles in any variation).
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