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Dyed deer hair and porcupine 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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Dyed deer hair and porcupine hair roach with cotton shoestring ties
Native American; Osage
20th century
two kinds of hair: red (likely deer) and tan (likely porcupine), cotton cord, cotton shoestring, wooden spool, dye, cellophane tape, cotton thread, semi-tanned skin
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Credit Line: 
Gifted in honor of James Bruce Bolinger
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Previous Number(s): 
TL2010.34.27; TL 2010.34.27
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