Don't know where you acquired the headdress but the artist who crafted it deserves recognition. Having crafted a few of these and other Native American leatherwear over the years, myself, can attest that these are complex and and not easy to fabricate. So I just have to say I am impressed with the graceful and artistic beauty of this headdress. You could have chosen a far inferior specimen (as I seen done far too many times), in my mind insults not just the culture drawn from but also the model. On another track, the unusual pairing of the traditional Native American gear and the Steampunk inspired tattoos could lend itself to a new sub genre of Native American Steampunk. The storyline potential could prove quite interesting.
I abolsutely agree, I wish I knw who made it though. I purchased the headdress in New Mexico and speak a bit about it on my website. I know it is Navajo but I don't know the artist. It took my breath away when I spotted it though. I only hope a great portion of the money that I spent on it goes to the artist.
I think this is beautiful! I'm not Native American but it bothers me when people say head dresses were only for the men to wear.... If any other races refused to allow a women to wear something that's considered men's attire it would be considered sexist. People can say its a culture thing all they want but just because its a culture thing doesn't make it right... look at Yemen...men can have child Brides.