Re: Hair Roach

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Posted by Champ on April 10, 2000 at 19:07:19:

In Reply to: Hair Roach 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.


O'Siyo ~
I dont know about Sioux or Pawnee, but I do know that amongst Cherokee (& other S.E. & Great Lakes Indians) the "roach" is a headdress with a crest made of porcupine guard hair, horsehair, tampico or manila fibers.

Red Cedar Band
Tahquohee District
Southern Cherokee Nation

P.S. ~
lurking in the shadows from time to time ;-)

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