Bonnet case - ROM2005_5282_1


Bonnet case

Maker: Belonged to Chief Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota
Medium:Buffalo rawhide, paint
Geography: Montana or North or South Dakota, USA; Collected in southern Saskatchewan, Canada
Date: c. 1870
55 × 19 cm
Object number: 915X36.B
Credit Line: Gift of Sir William C.C. Van Horne
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThis tubular bonnet case is said to have been used by Sitting Bull to store his feather headdress. Made of rawhide, this type of case was designed so that the headdress was put in one end and withdrawn from the other, so as not to ruffle the feathers. Sitting Bull’s war bonnet and its storage case were given to the ROM in 1915 by Sir William Van Horne, President of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Van Horne's name is written in pencil on the case. He received these from Major James Walsh of the North West Mounted Police. It seems they were presented to Walsh by Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man, and over four thousand Lakotas found refuge at Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, after defeating General Custer and his Seventh Cavalry at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.
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