Hair Roach

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Posted by Dana S. on April 10, 2000 at 11:27:54:

Hey, for anyone who is interested, I discovered what a hair roach is...I think. While
reading “Captured By The Indians, 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750 -1780” by Frederick
Drimmer, I came across a passage in the intoduction that describes a hair roach...sorta. In
this passage Drimmer writes:


“Various tribes had their own special ways of dressing the hair, and the scalp lock took
different forms among different groups. Among the Sioux it was usually a small, finely
plaited hair braid which hung from the back of the head. A Pawnee warrior cut his hair
close to the head, but left a roach or ridge in the middle, extending from the front to the
crown of the head. Here the scalp lock was separated and treated with fat and paint, so
that it formed a stiff curve, like a horn. The brave carefully decorated his scalp lock with
ornaments that symbolized his boldest acts and triumphs in war. The scalp lock
personified the man and his manliness.”


Gotta hand it to ya, Silver Wolf, if you’ve got the guts to do this hair roach/ scalp lock
thing.:)

Dana S.

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