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  • Hairpipe Breastplate

    Many old photos of Ponca men show them wearing a breastplate necklace made of parallel rows of horizontally placed bone hairpipes. These would be strung together between leather spacers and tied around the neck so as to fall across the chest, hence the name.







    For a detailed description on the history of hairpipes, go to:

    Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment by John C. Ewers
    "Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment" by John C. Ewers

    Although not an essential part of the straight dance clothes, they are seen occasionally today on some dancers.

    It is however, becoming more common to see the short versions of the bone hairpipe breastplate necklace on straight dancers from the Comanche, Southern Cheyenne and Kiowa, as well as straight dancers from other the deep southern plains tribes, extending only to just covering the upper chest. Often times this Southern style breastplate will have an added trade-silver “pectoral” ornament hanging beneath it. The design elements of these pectoral ornaments are said to have been taken from the silver breastworks seen on the horses of early Spanish Conquistadors. (Melvin Kerchee, Sr., Comanche, 1981)

    German-silver Pectoral


    Trailing the Enemy and wife - Kiowa - 1870


    Nokoney – Comanche – 1870


    Sitting In The Saddle - Kiowa - circa 1870


    Buffalo Hump II – Comanche - 1872


    Big Spotted Horse - Pawnee - 1875


    Whirlwind – Southern Cheyenne – 1877


    Big Snake - Ponca - 1877


    Sauk & Fox man - circa 1880


    Bacon Rind - Osage - 1880


    Big Bow and other Kiowa men - 1880


    White Eagle - Ponca - 1882


    Group of Sauk & Fox - 1884


    Wooden Lance - Kiowa - 1891


    Mopa (son of Wooden Lance) - Kiowa - 1891


    White Eagle, Standing Bear - Ponca - 1892


    Quanah Parker – Comanche – 1892


    Prairie Turtle - Otoe - 1894


    Frank Corndropper, Paul Buffalo, and Pierce St. John - Osage - 1895


    Hard Thinker - Sauk & Fox - 1896


    Mean Bear, Going Though The World - Otoe - 1898


    Comanche man – 1898


    Kiowa man - 1898


    Good Fox - Pawnee - 1902


    Horse Chief - Ponca - 1906


    Big Goose - Ponca - 1914


    Quah-se-yah - Comanche - 1926

    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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      "Be good, be kind, help each other."
      "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

      --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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        "Be good, be kind, help each other."
        "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

        --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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