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This headdress was damaged, and so I set about reconstructing it for the purpose of creating this drawing. I counted needle holes on the cap to determine how many and where the strips of ermine fur were placed. I looked at other headdresses to learn how the feathers were wrapped into clusters with strips of tendon. I worked on this painting for approximately 3 months, doing my retouching and layout work in the morning and working on the painting in the afternoon.

Yankton Sioux Headdress

From The Handbook of North American Indians: Indian-White Relations, Vol. 4. Wilcomb E. Washburn, ed. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.

Medium: Ink wash on Arches hot press watercolor paper
Size:8 inches x 19.9 inches