Allowat Sakima

by Gerald Musinsky

Allowat Sakima literally means "Mighty Chief" or "Great Chief," an allegorical reference to the supreme deity, the Great Spirit. It is also a respectful reference to legendary personages with cultural and historical significance to the tribe. Most often depicted wearing a double-tail eagle bonnet (symbolic of the eagle and flight), deerskin leggings (symbolic of the swiftness of the deer), and an eagle feather coup-stick.

The headdress is more representative of the Plains tribes, possibly since the Delaware Nation was reduced to a meager population prior western expansion and their exodus to Oklahoma Reserve.