The Crow were superb horsemen and historically were successful at stealing horses from their traditional enemy the Sioux. The beadwork displayed on this horse head ornament is considered a classic style of the era between 1875 and 1900. The Crow people are renowned for their beautiful beadwork. Many horse trappings are decoratively beaded still today and can be enjoyed during the annual Crow Fair in eastern Montana. The horse head ornament is a decorative piece attached to the headstall for parade.


  • Title: Horse Head Ornament
  • Creator: Crow
  • Date: 1890/1910
  • Location: Plains
  • Contributor: Grand Teton National Park, National Park Service
  • Photographer: David Swift
  • Measurements: L 36.4, W 19.4 cm
  • Material: Rawhide, glass beads, yarn
  • Current Location: Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
  • Catalog Number: GRTE 5225

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