No announcement yet.

Lets dance.... DO THE BUSTLE ....

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Lets dance.... DO THE BUSTLE ....

    I was wondering how many of each type of feather(pointer, wing, tail) to complete a double row goose bustle? I would also like to know any tips there might be for working with goose feathers or any other pointers you guys may have.

    And just an aside, what do you guys think of an old-style mess bustle with contemporary work. I have old-style norther regalia and I am building contemporary and I was just wondering how I might be able to mix the two for a good weekend of dancing.

    Thanks in advance for all the help.

    "It's fate Malory, fate."
    "It's fate Malory, fate."

  • #2
    First things first. My opinion is to find at least 36-40 pointers and secondary feathers for the base row of your bustle. Don't scimp here. If you have enough for a second row, then add it. Obviously, you can get by with fewer feathers in the second row, providing you have a nice full row as the base. There's nothing that looks nicer than a full bustle of well spaced feathers. I've never worked with goose feathers from what others have told me, they are pretty strong and hold up well. They should work nicely for your project.

    As for mixing "old style" with modern traditional, I don't personally care for it. I have seen it done, but I prefer keeping the integrity of each style separate. That's just my personal opinion. Some elements carry over for each -- a roach, beaded cuffs, beaded pipebag, etc. -- but to me, the styles are unique in their own regard and should be danced accordingly. That's my opinion. Hope this helps. Good luck with the bustle project.


    • #3
      That being said, would anyone be willing to trade some goose skins for some beadwork??? I suppose I could advertise in the local paper. People in this state (TX) like to kill things.

      P.S. I was kind of leaning that way on the tradish/comtemp thing. thanks for the input

      "It's fate Malory, fate."
      "It's fate Malory, fate."


      • #4
        Good luck on the project. You might have an easier time buying the feathers from a trading company, such as Crazy Crow Trading Post right there in Texas. That way, you can order what you want in the quantities you need and get the materials rather quickly. It's certanly more convenient. Good luck.


        • #5
          on the topic of bustles, does any one have a good pattern or know how to make them and can explian it in an e-mail? My email is
          [email protected] plz let me know.



          • #6
            I seen a bussle an apache had made it was quite simple It was two turkey wings in whole that were somehow tacked,nailed,or otherwise attached to something.Everything else was pretty much the same.And thats my problem I'm not sure what else I need or how to attach two wings to what i need to attach them to.if anyone has any idea about what materials i need please let me know


            • #7

              Last fall I saw a bustle made out of the whole goose wing. It got my attention so I had to ask how it was put together. Once the wings were dried out, the gentleman used construction adhesive and screws to keep the wings in place. The wings were screwed into a piece of plywood. I can't remember if he used a rosette to cover up the screws or not. He stores the bustle together in a large suit case with the rest of his regalia around the sides to protect it. It does look really great and I have only seen on like it once.

              Hope this helps.


              Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

              Related Topics


              • Privateer6
                Ideas on Bustle making
                by Privateer6
                I am in the process of getting all the supplies needed to make a bustle. I have been using the Evans' book,but i've seen bustles with extenders, sinew and beads connecting the feathers, etc. Anybody has ideas on how to improve upon the Evans' book?
                For the extenders, is there some type of reccommended...
                07-23-2003, 10:06 AM
              • Ego-hut-key
                How to make a Mess Bustle?
                by Ego-hut-key
                I don't know how to start a mess bustle, i've looked all over the internet on how to make one and there are no instructions on how to make one. So if anybody has any formation on how to make one I would really appreciate it.

                Thank You

                in ...
                05-03-2007, 04:58 PM
              • Dakota Wica'hpi Ina
                by Dakota Wica'hpi Ina
                I'm looking for help to make a bustle. One of the things I can't figure is how to do the star when you wrap the dowel rods or whatever use use to extend the feathers. I also wanted to know if it would be considered improper to use my husband's firefighter patch in the center instead of a beaded medallion....
                08-14-2005, 05:42 PM
              • DreamsOfEagles
                Few Questions...
                by DreamsOfEagles
                Hello everyone..
                Just to introduce myself im a 21yo guy whos
                working on a fancy outfit right now..

                first question is where is the best place to buy some good spikes at? i have a bustle kit that ive been practicing on from crazy crow, but dont think the feathers are that great......
                07-07-2001, 11:51 PM
              • ron red eagle
                Yet another Bustle Question
                by ron red eagle
                Ok all you Ojib's out there, especially the northern traditional dancers, I have an honest question about the construction of my bustle.

                I have just been told I will be given 42 to 48 large turkey feathers for my bustle construction, however I also would like to incorporate an inner ring...
                01-31-2004, 11:48 PM



              There are no results that meet this criteria.

              Sidebar Ad