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Dyed horse hair roach with cotton shoestring ties / Steve and Tony Bolinger

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This roach is part of an Osage straight dance outfit. The underneath woven design is a form of basketry. The roach attaches to the hair on top of the head. The dark ties are tied under the chin to hold the roach on top of the head. Most smaller roaches are made from turkey beards.

Tags: horse hair, red dye, horse hair roach, pigment, cotton, straight dancebrowntanshoestringsblack
People: Osage
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial events, dances, straight dance

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Title(s): 
Dyed horse hair roach with cotton shoestring ties
Creator(s): 
Steve and Tony Bolinger
Culture: 
Native American; Osage
Date: 
20th century
Materials/Techniques: 
hair (horse), cotton, wood, hide, pigment
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gifted in honor of James Bruce Bolinger
Accession No: 
84.3419
Previous Number(s): 
TL2010.34.27; TL 2010.34.27
Department: 
Not On View

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