the headdress

Towersong Lunar Blood-Curdling Skree! she was originally a villain and now she’s our pal. We teamed up to defeat a Fair Folk king who tried to force Skree to become his Queen; we tore his antlers off and Elmira made a fabulous headdress out of the horns and the scraps of Skree’s wedding dress. it’ll help her know if danger enters her realm and threatens her people, the Kreeha.

it’s been a long time since i drew her last, so it was great to get to fix up her design a bit.

@ white people who think wearing eagle feather headdresses is just a costume and doesn’t offend natives, I was at a powwow yesterday and one of the dancer’s who was a war veteran accidentally dropped an eagle feather while dancing and we had to stop the entire powwow, the head man and some other elders had to stop and pray over the feather before picking it up. The guy who dropped the father gave a speech, while almost in tears, about how sorry he was to have dropped the feather and how it represented the choices he had to make in combat and the lives of people that were taken, and he ended up passing the feather on to another young dancer instead of keeping it because he felt so ashamed. This is how much eagle feathers mean to a lot of our nations, and that’s how important it is to native veterans. Wearing eagle feathers as a costume or without having to go through combat is disgusting and you ARE offending our traditions and values. Stop. You cannot understand the importance of our customs and you do not deserve to wear eagle feathers.

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Slavic workshop Treti Pivni (translated as Third Rooster) has recently created an amazing new series of portraits featuring women and children wearing traditional Ukrainian headdresses. It was created to pay homage to their homeland while sharing a message of peace, tenderness, and knowledge of the Ukrainian culture with the world.

Traditionally, these floral headdresses are worn by young, unmarried women as a sign of their “purity” and marital eligibility. In pre-Christian times, they were even thought to protect innocent girls from evil spirits. Currently, after the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, the headdresses are being worn in daily life to symbolize national pride.

I just saw this beautiful girl on my walk to class! I love her message and that she is willing to stand in the rain for what she believes in. #stopculturalappropriation

** EDIT** Hello! I’m so glad this is getting so much attention!!  I was just messaged this and wanted to share with you all who are interested: 

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Soooo….I’m just gonna say up front that this caribou headdress is already sold. I delivered him to his new home earlier this month. But I got these photos for archival purposes first and wanted to show him off a bit because he just turned out so friggin’ awesome!

The original caribou headdress sold at an event earlier this year, and the new owner wanted me to add the teeth decorated with the Younger Futhark of runes. The head is positioned so that when the wearer dances more stooped over like a quadreped, the head faces forward as with a real caribou.

I should also add that there are NO taxidermy supplies in this piece–no plastic-foam form, no clay, no glass eyes, etc. I don’t do taxidermy-style headdresses in part because there are so many non-biodegradable materials, and because the materials add weight and put more strain on the wearer’s neck. It took some very careful engineering to get the antlers set securely in there, especially as this was my first time tackling a project with antlers of this size, but it turned out really well!