Re: Hair Roach

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Posted by Dana S. on April 10, 2000 at 19:21:49:

In Reply to: Re: Hair Roach posted by Champ on April 10, 2000 at 19:07:19:

: : 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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: 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.

: "Champ"
: Red Cedar Band
: Tahquohee District
: Southern Cherokee Nation

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


Ah-HA! Thanks, Champ! Thank you very much. You would not BELIEVE how hard it has been to find ANY info on hair roaches and how they are worn. I'm beginning to see that 'roach' is a rather general term. Thanks for clearing this up!

Dana S.

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