Hawk Feathers by Howard Terpning
Hawk Feathers were an adornment of honor valued by nearly every North American Indian tribe, and in this intimate portrait, western artist Howard Terpning defines the nobility of spirit of the Native American. The buffalo robe identifies the subject as from the Plains tribes.
Unlike the Europeans, who also wore buffalo skin robes, Indian from the Plains wore the garments with the fur on the inside, and the smooth hide facing out.
The title of this painting is not the actual name of the Native American in this picture, but rather the adornment that he wears in his hair.
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