Hairstyles played in important role in the indian tribes. They were a sign of identification and membership to a community. In many tribes, hairs carry also a spiritual meaning which explains the complexity of hairstyles in native american communities. For more in depth on this very intereting topic you can refer to white wolf pack. Below, we picked up some traditional female native american hairstyles.
This hairstyle finds its origin from the Navajo and Pueblo tribes located in the current New Mexico state. This style consists of tying the hair behind the head in a kind of twist.
(Note: the picture doesn’t perfectly fit with the context but we didn’t find free of use image to illustrate the chongo hairstyle)
The squash blossom is very famous reprensation of native american culture. It’s coming from the Hapi tribe in the northeastern Arizona and his a symbol of fertility.This hairstyle certainly inspired the hairstyle of princess Leia in the famous space opera Star Wars (see here). To make this hairdo, a young woman’s mother would wind her hair around a curved piece of wood to give it a round shape, then do away with the wooden frame. Only unmarried younger female wore this complex hairstyle.
It’s a very spectacular hairstyle used by the Seminole tribe originated from Florida.It’s kind of difficult for me to explain it precisely but basically it uses a disc shaped card board covered by the hairs, the card board remaining under the hairs to maintain the shape. To see more explanation abouti check Florida memory website.
Double Braids hairstyle
It’s the most common hairstyle representation for native american women. But depending on the tribes, this style carries different meaning. For example for the Kiowa indians, single women were wearing two braids while married one were generally opting for loose hair.