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Photo Post: Artwork Focus: The Thaw Collection

May 27, 2011

The current exhibition at the DMA, The Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, showcases over 100 works of art from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection at the Fenimore Art Museum. The exhibition displays objects from across North America. One object, a Feather Bonnet, stands over seven feet tall! This object was designed by the Cheyenne people, who are from Oklahoma. It was visually impressive when worn by a warrior on horseback; eagle feathers adorn the bonnet and star motifs on cotton cloth are associated with Plains war power. As you look at the images below, imagine what it would be like to encounter a person wearing a bonnet on the battlefield. I hope you can come view the exhibition and the bonnet. It truly is amazing!

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Amy Wolf
Coordinator of Gallery Teaching

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