Re: Hair Roach

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Posted by Champ on April 11, 2000 at 18:03:22:

In Reply to: Re: Hair Roach posted by Clabert on April 11, 2000 at 06:02:22:

: I will have an 18th century style round deerhair roach with me at Gathering if anyone wants to see one. I may even be bribed to put it on.

: Clabert

Siyo Clabert ~
wish I could see it!!...(how about a photo?):-)
I should mention for the others, that another common 18th century Cherokee roach consisted of either red-dyed deer tails o/r porcupine guard hairs, & black turkey "beards".
Unlike today (with pow-wow dancers) roach headdresses were worn only after one had earned a war-honor. There were different styles due to rank, age, & the kind of honors a warrior earned.
Not all Cherokees wore these either, it was more of an "outside" influence on certain regions with contact with tribes that did (in paticular to the north, where the practice was real common with their Iroquois "cousins", whom they traded with to obtain porcupine quills, where the supply was more plentiful).
Great stuff!

~ "Champ"

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: : : Dana and all, get thee to a powwow and get a look at contemporoary roaches. Worn as a headdress by Traditional male dancers old-time roaches were made of deer hair.The hair base was made of many rows of tied deer hair sewn together. The hair base was often clipped to give it a rug-like appearance. More contemporary roaches sport an inside row of skunk or porcupine, the hairs of which are tipped different from the base hairs.

: : O'Siyo Danalee ~
: : the description I gave for the Cherokee & Great Lakes Indians roaches are indeed "contemporary", to the 18th & early 19th century ;-)
: : Sources:
: : Indian Clothing of the Great Lakes: 1740-1840
: : Museum of the Cherokee Indian

: : Wado (thanks) for providing your insights too :-)

: : ~ "Champ"

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