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.


Inscribed, back center edge, in paint 'D.A.N.A.Y. 95'


This object is a hard hat, or construction hat, that has been painted blue and further decorated with paint, stickers, and ephemera. Each side displays the profile of a painted red buffalo with heavy impasto. A field of gold and white painted dots surrounds the animal. A large, gold dollar sign is painted on the back center. It is surrounded by many red foil star-shaped stickers. At the top front of the hat is a wooden nickel displaying a printed image of a buffalo. Below the nickel is a strip of beadwork made of black, orange, white and yellow seed beads, which is one half of a watch band. The watch face, resting on the back edge of the hat's visor, depicts a bingo board. Along each side of the watch band is a row of four "googly-eye" stickers and two glitter heart stickers. A field of silver foil star stickers surrounds, and runs down the visor. At the central front edge of the visor, the word 'BINGO' is painted in gold letters.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997
  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011
  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006


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