Bucket List: Coffee Table Book
Posted on 07 April 2011
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In my last post I showcased the Bandana Buckaroo tee and featured a cabinet card of a cowboy dressed smartly in western attire.Â While working on that post and digging through all of my vintage imagesÂ I realized the cotton bandana was not restricted to the American cowboy or to utility wear.Â It seems Native Americans used the cheaply printed cloth just as much or more - but definitely in very creative ways.
Going through my pictures I can see the printed square used for:
One fierce character even used his bandana as a jaunty eye patch.
I find this so interesting.Â When you Google "bandana history" the general results are:
- head wraps,
- shawls and shoulder wraps,
- neckerchiefs and cravats,
- and even as lightweight blankets on baby's cradle boards (the ones in the family photo appear to displayed proud and boldly)
BANDANA - During long cattle drives or roundups, the cowboys needed a way to keep all the dust and dried grass from getting into their nose, mouth and throat. Hence, the bandana came about. The bad guys took opportunity of the bandana and also used it to cover their face when doing their dirty tactics.
I am surprised to find nothing covering the history of the bandana as it relates to the American Indian.Â Wonder why?
Am I crazy or does anyone else find this fascinating?Â I think it would make a great thesis paper for someone in textile and museum studies or even a great coffee table book.
OK, maybe I'll do it on my spare time....
Bucket List Item #12: The American Indian and the Bandana
look for it at Barnes & Nobles!