Turkey Feather Cape

Gregg Richards2022-02-12

Lenape Center

Lenape Center

Rebecca Haff Lowry (Delaware Tribe of Indians) responded to Lenape Center’s challenge by creating this contemporary Turkey Feather Cape. Worn by both men and women in Lenapehoking, it provides not only a dramatic flourish to traditional dress but provides warmth and protection from seasonal weather. Lowry who has spent much of her adult life immersed in the culture of her husband’s Yurok culture, collaborated with her mother-in-law, (name) to create this cape. Note the addition of the dentalium shell collar (shells used as adornment by Tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast to Alaska and Tribes of the Great Plains through trade) reflecting the cross influence of cultures that have always inspired traditional design.


  • Title: Turkey Feather Cape
  • Creator: Gregg Richards
  • Date Created: 2022-02-12
  • Location: Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch
  • Rights: Organized by The Lenape Center with Brooklyn Public Library, BPL Presents, and Greenpoint Library, "Lenapehoking" is made possible in part with support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
  • External Link: Lenapehoking

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