President Mobutu, Mont Ngaliema, Kinshasa, Congo. Photo Eliot Elisofon ca 1967. "In Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), President Mobutu regularly appeared in public wearing a leopard-skin cap as part of his presidential regalia. While the form of the hat derives from a military cap, his choice of leopard skin was certainly calculated to exploit the symbolic association of the leopard with chiefly legitimacy and power that has a long history in many societies in this region."
'Arnoldus Montanus' New and Unknown World (1671). During the mid to late 1600's, this Dutch historian documented what he saw in the Americas. Whats more interesting is that the Indigenous Indians he encountered were "Negroes," evidence of this is found all throughout this book. This history was not covered in public schools for a reason. For more info visit (https://archive.org/details/americabeingaccu00mont)