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Native Americans: Comanche, Sioux and Lakota braves and chiefs

Portrait length color image of Sioux Chief, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Sioux Chief, by George Stuart.

Sioux Chief's Recognition of a lifetime of valor – a feather at a time.

In a Sioux chief’s very long bonnet, each feather often recognized a valuable deed and service rendered to the tribe, much as medals have bedecked military and political leaders throughout world history. Among the plains indians, a brave was allowed to wear a bonnet as recognition of his battle accomplishments, front-line valor and hand to hand combat. A war bonnet was believed to protect the fighter. Each feather was awarded for an important act in battle. After a dozen or so feathers were earned, a warrior was allowed to gather the remaining feathers for a full bonnet.

Full length color image of Sioux Chief, by George Stuart.

Left close up color image of Sioux Chief, by George Stuart.

Right closup color image of Sioux Chief, by George Stuart.

Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
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