Bucket List: Coffee Table Book

Bucket List: Coffee Table Book

by Cheryl McMullen April 07, 2011 18 Comments

 

In my last post, I showcased the Bandana Buckaroo tee and featured a cabinet card of a cowboy dressed smartly in western attire.  While working on that post and digging through all of my vintage images  I realized the cotton bandana was not restricted to the American cowboy or to utility wear.  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:
  • head wraps,
  • shawls and shoulder wraps,
  • neckerchiefs and cravats,
  • and even as lightweight blankets on baby's cradleboards (the ones in the family photo appear to displayed proudly and boldly)

One fierce character even used his bandana as a jaunty eye patch.

 

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I find this so interesting.  When you Google "bandana history" the general results are:

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.  Wonder why? Am I crazy or does anyone else find this fascinating?  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 in my spare time....
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Bucket List Item #12: The American Indian and the Bandana

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look for it at Barnes & Noble!



Cheryl McMullen
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18 Responses

Chris Barton
Chris Barton

May 16, 2016

I do find this fascinating – had no idea of the “tie” with Native peoples – love the photos – the weathered faces must hide ineresting stories…..you must have quite the stash of collectables!! I always enjoyed hearing how you arrived at the names of your jackets, etc.

TerritoryMom
TerritoryMom

May 16, 2016

I’ll buy your book too. We call them wild rags and bandanas in our house.
I found this definition from Webster’s:
Origin: Hindi bāndhnū, a method of dyeing < Sans bándhana-, tying (so named because the cloth is tied to prevent certain parts from receiving the dye) < IE *bhendh-, bind

Interesting. I bet that each tribe has a word or phrase for bandana or head wrap. Love your card collection.
Check this out for some great Native American photos:
http://libraries.ou.edu/locations/docs/westhist/Irwin/indian1.html

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Anna, you are lovely to say – thanks!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Thanks Chris – I know I am a little off on this, but now I am collecting images of Native Americans with bandannas.

Anna in AZ
Anna in AZ

May 16, 2016

I love it and think it’s a great idea! I’m a huge fan of coffee table books and dream of doing one someday…I will totally buy yours!

mayaciring
mayaciring

May 16, 2016

Lol…actually it looks kinda silly to be honest, and I am not shocked that it hasn’t caught on :p But I like it and as per your request I had a bit of fun with it! Check it out:

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and vintage version:
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and I realized the real inspiration is that gal with the lasso:
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I hope you can see the pictures this way!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Mayaciring – next time you get rigged up in your Axl/Princess bandana, snap a pic – we’d love to see! You might just be on to something!

mayaciring
mayaciring

May 16, 2016

Oh yeah, the coffee book is awesome, I would proudly display it in my table! Go for the thesis too!

mayaciring
mayaciring

May 16, 2016

The eye patch bandana idea is certainly the best! I wonder how I could homage that into my own day to day stylings? I personally like to wear mine folded up Axl Rose style around my head and leave a small triangle piece in the middle of my forehead (kinda like a princess thing:)

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

TM – went to the link – it’s great! Wish it had a zoom feature – looks like some are in bandanas!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Jeanette, I checked out your Ebay site, but see you don’t have any bandannas listed at this time. Please contact me next time you do. I also collect vintage shawls so if you come across some great ones – I’m your buyer!

Jeanette
Jeanette

May 16, 2016

Find the whole connection of the wild west and bandana’s fascinating, some of the vintage bandanas are super soft pieces of artwork. I am always on the look out for these under appreciated textile pieces of art. check me out on ebay , username : purveyor-of-the-past

mayaciring
mayaciring

May 16, 2016

Drats! well tell you what, I’ll be sending a picture of my momma via email for the Double D Ranch Mother’s Day compilation, maybe I’ll attach them along…

karen greer
karen greer

May 16, 2016

Make that it( I really do teach writing lol!

karen greer
karen greer

May 16, 2016

You could even design a padded coffee table for i to sit on!! Go for it. See you at the book signing!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

ooh – need a better address – can’t see the photos!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Thorsten, sorry, I don’t have duplicates on those and I don’t want to split up the collection just yet.

Thorsten Westphal
Thorsten Westphal

May 16, 2016

Nice bandanas will you sell 1,2, or 3 ?

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