Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Richard Glazer Danay (Kahnawake Mohawk (Caughnawaga), birth 1942)
  • Bingo War Bonnet (from "Modern Mohawk Headdresses" series), 1995
  • Plastic, paint, glass, wood
  • Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada
  • H: 6 in, W: 5 in, D: 9 in (H: 15.2 cm, W: 12.7 cm, D: 22.9 cm)
  • Gift of Richard Glazer-Danay, 1997
  • E504574
  • Pays homage to Mohawk ironworkers as modern-day warriors
  • Takes a light-hearted poke at associations between Native people and gambling

This hard hat-transformed into a war headdress-pays homage to the many Mohawk iron and steelworkers who helped build Manhattan's skyscrapers. The artist, his father, his uncle and his grandfather all worked high-steel. The bingo chip refers to the importance gaming plays in many contemporary Native communities.