Approx. 26 1/4 inches long. Used in the crafting of a Gustoweh.
The distinctive feature of the men’s Haudenosaunee dress is their headgear. The Gustoweh is a fitted hat made of strips of wood. The wood is then covered and adorned with eagle, hawk, pheasant, or turkey feathers. The Gustoweh is also used to identify an individual’s nation. A man wearing his Gustoweh with one feather pointing upward and another pointing downwards, indicates he is Onondaga. A man who has one feather pointing skyward is identified as Seneca. Each nation has their own way of identifying each other by their Gustoweh.
Some examples of a finished Gustoweh: