War bonnet -The bonnet had to be earned through brave deeds in battle because the feathers signified the deeds themselves.
Warriors might have obtained only two or three honor feathers in their whole lifetime, so difficult were they to earn. The bonnet was also a mark of highest respect because it could never be worn without the consent of the leaders of the tribe. A high honor, for example, was received by the warrior who was the first to touch an enemy fallen in battle, for this meant the warrior was at the very front of fighting.
Feathers were notched and decorated to designate an event and told individual stories such as killing, capturing an enemy’s weapon and shield, and whether the deed had been done on horseback or foot. - Wikipedia
☼ You HAVE to watch this if yr a desert dreamer! Not set in the desert but I swear to you, you will see them dancing in the desert anyway! It’s that powerful. It almost made me cry.