“Hawkeye” Horn Strap and Osceola’s Garters

This is a picture of the blue and white belt worn by Daniel Day Lewis. It was used as a horn belt in the movie “Last of the Mohicans”. It is  also known at the “Hawkeye Belt”

Hawkeye from the Movie, "The Last of the Mohicans"

Hawkeye from the Movie, “The Last of the Mohicans”

This replica of the above Horn strap was made by Gary Bertelson, gbertels@insight.rr.com and donated to 2013 The West Coast Horn Fair for a raffle prize.

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This donation  is made with from replica wampum beads, woven on brain tanned deer hide laces with artificial sinew.  It is long!  The beaded portion measures  50 inches plus 15 inches of lace fringe on each end. You can reach gary at:  gbertels@insight.rr.com

Gary also sent  a set of  “Osceola” beaded garters.   These are based on the original piece at the National Museum of the American Indian
which says they are associated with Osceola and included in a George
Catlin painting.  They are beaded in wool yarn.

Replica Beaded Garters associated with Osceola, Seminole. Donated for the WCHF Raffle

Replica Beaded Garters associated with Osceola, Seminole. Donated for the WCHF Raffle

This is the picture of the originals from the website of  The National Museum of the American Indian.

Original Garters associated with Osceola (Seminole, 1803–1838)

Original Garters associated with Osceola (Seminole, 1803–1838)

The National Museum of the American Indian states this about the garters in their museum:

“These leg garters likely belonged to the Seminole leader Osceola. Born in 1804 to Polly Coppinger, a part Muscogee Creek woman, Osceola was the most famous of several Seminole leaders who rose to prominence during the Second Seminole War, from 1835 to 1842. Osceola, whose name means Black Drink Singer, was also strong in medicine and was known for his ability to consume the black drink made from yaupon holly.

Seminole leader Osceola Portrait by George Catlin 1838.

Seminole leader Osceola Portrait by George Catlin 1838.

“Osceola enjoyed the stature and recognition that he had earned. George Catlin produced two paintings of Osceola. In each of them the war leader wears clothes of Seminole tradition. These finger-woven wool garters, which have beads woven into the pattern, are very similar to the garters Osceola wore in Catlin’s full-length portrait, painted in 1838, shortly before the Seminole leader’s death while he was imprisoned at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina.

Source:  The National Museum of the American Indian.

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