Each feather In a Sioux Chief’s long bonnet recognizes a valuable deed & service rendered to the Tribe. Among the plains Indians, a Brave was allowed to wear a bonnet as recognition of his battle accomplishments, frontline 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.
Short Bull-Was a Sioux Indian (c 1845 - 1915) a member of the Sioux tribe, was born about 1845. He was a warrior who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and a medicine man who brought the Ghost Dance religion to the Lakotas. After the murder of Sitting Bull,Short Bull was imprisoned at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. In 1891 Short Bull was released from custody and was permitted to join Bill Cody and his Wild West Show. Short Bull died on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota in 1915.
Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux), Sitting Bull (actually Hunkpapa, not Miniconjou Sioux), Swift Bear (Arapaho), and Spotted Tail (Brule Sioux)... and Julius Meyer. Taken by Frank F. Currier, Omaha. Indian_Chiefs_1875.jpg (1512×1887)