Rolling Thunder Medicine Man Beaded Hat Band~Replica of beaded hatband


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Rolling Thunder Medicine Man Beaded Hat Band~Replica of beaded hatband


Replica of Rolling Thunder Medicine Man Beaded Hat Band

This hat band is my replica of the beaded hatband worn by Rolling Thunder, a Cherokee, Shoshone Medicine Man, in the photo on the back cover of dust jacket from the book, Rolling Thunder by Doug Boyd. This one was purchased by Robert Mather of Foxton Beach, New Zealand, so I don't currently have one available. If you would like one like it, it can be completed in 14-21 days depending on my current orders. Please contact me if you would like one beaded for you.

Intertribal medicine man Rolling Thunder (1916-1997) was a healer, teacher, visionary, and activist who rose to popularity in the 1960s and '70s through his friendship with artists such as Bob Dylan and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and as the inspiration for the Billy Jack films. Eyewitness accounts of his remarkable healings are legend, as are those of his ability to call forth the forces of nature, typically in the form of thunder clouds.

"Rolling Thunder Medicine Man Beaded Hat Band Replica"

This geometric design beaded hat band, titled Rolling Thunder, I patterned from viewing the photo on the book cover of Rolling Thunder wearing his original. The photo is from his autobiograpy book titled "Rolling Thunder".

Since no color photo of the hat band is available, I am offering it in two different color choices. In the books photo, Rolling Thunder is wearing a white or possibly a light bone colored straw hat and a dark shirt, possibly black or dark brown. The color of the geometric diamond is unable to be decided for sure.

Completed it is 19-beads wide, finishing at 14/16" wide with 330 rows, incorporating 6,270 individual size 15/0 quality glass seed beads, in three colors. In this replica I am using Black, White and Blue Turquoise. The other replica of this hatband pattern will be beaded in EARTH-tone colors of Dark Brown, Bone and a Medium Tan (Taupe), see other listing. If you like this hatband design and would like me to replicate it for you, using a different color for the diamond, or different colors all together, please feel free to contact me.

It is finished with black deer hide leather ends and ties and 23.25 inches, in length. This impeccable beaded hatband design is a link to history past and is a class act that will compliment and fit hat size 7 1/8 and larger, nicely. The beads on the lacing in photo #1 are NOT INCLUDED, as they are vintage matte glass Padre Beads and my supply is limited. If possibly wanting them please inquire, as they are only available on request and if I still have them.

All my beaded hat bands are individually hand beaded on my handmade oak loom, by myself personally, unless did in peyote stitch. This one takes about 20 hours to complete, 1 bead at a time.


I've included the photo of Rolling Thunder, by Gigi Carroll, wearing his hatband, from the dust jacket cover, so you can compare how I replicated the pattern. I then have a photo when the beadwork was in progress, on my loom and photos of the beadwork completed and pictured on a hat.

This beaded hat band comes with a Certificate of Authenticity Card, and a guarantee of being handmade by me, with my signature, date, and future contact information.


If you have any questions, please contact me by clicking on contact seller, upper right hand corner of this page and give me your email address.

Thanks for your interest in my hat bands.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

I had a person contact me, inquirying if I could replicate a hat band worn by Rolling Thunder, a Cherokee, Shoshone Medicine Man. The hat band he was referring to, he said, was on the cover of the book Rolling Thunder.

I purchased the book, and on the dust jackets back cover is a black and white photo of Rolling Thunder wearing this hat band. (See photo in listing). I then made the pattern for the design and am currently beading my replica of the hat band worn by Rolling Thunder on the dust jacket cover. Since no color photo is available, I am beading this version of my replica in White, Black and Turquoise.

Materials Used

Size 15/0 Quality glass seed beads, deer hide leather ends

More Info


From: William Gossin (Pueblo, CO)
Sent: Wed 10/29/14 5:34 PM
To: Andrea Walker

Sorry I have not got back to you sooner, but have been out of town. I Got my hatband when I returned. It fits perfectly with some room left when it stretches a little. It's a beautiful piece of artwork. This band will be near and dear to me. Here is a brief reason. My great, great, great, grandmother was a Cherokee Indian living with the tribes in the Southern Carolinas. She was one of the lucky survivors of the Trail of Tears when the soldiers moved all the Cherokee people to the reservation in Oklahoma. I feel this hatband has a special meaning to me. Sorry to be so long winded and again thank you for your fine work. God bless and don't work to hard Andrea. Will probably talk to you later.

Bill Gossin

Product Attributes

Primary Material: 15/0 Quality Glass Seed Beads, deer hide leather

Size: 14/16" x 23.25" or Custom made length to hat size

Pattern: Rolling Thunder

Color: Black

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United States
First Item: $ 10.00
Additional Items: $ 5.00



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Although I have a 5 out of 5 STAR RATING, I have not received any comments, which does not give possible new customers anything to go by. Guest buyers or Artfire members not logged in for that matter, cannot leave comments or feedback for the Seller on the Seller Rating page. (Shopper's Comments)

Therefore, I've decided to post my email comments or reviews received from my past customers under the section MORE INFO below the Product Description on the listing or beaded hatband they purchased, to give you some kind of an idea of the quality and creditibility of my beadwork. I am thankful and privileged to have such great customers.


For Custom Designed Beadwork orders, please contact Seller, Andrea by personal email at directly which will provide me with your email address!

All New Designed Custom Orders require a $40 non-refundable deposit/fee to begin a custom designed hatband, in addition to the cost of the hatband and shipping. I ship within the U.S. and internationally with USPS Priority Mail on all beaded hatband orders.


If item was misrepresented or not as described, a claim for a refund will be indisputable. Item must be returned to seller within 7 days from when it was delivered, and in original condition. The purchase price of the item, less $10.00 (to cover fees)will be refunded in the form payment was received. Any Shipping cost will not be refunded.

All return shipping and handlng fees will be at the expense of the buyer and non-refundable. Please return item the same shipping method it was sent.



Patron263240 on Sep 17, 2014
5 stars

This is a fantastic piece of art. The craftsmanship is outstanding, Andrea is an absolute pleasure to deal with. The pictures do not do the hat band justice. Andrea is a true artist. If you want an awesome beaded hat band to make your hat truely one of a kind let Andrea make it for you. Thanks for the unique hatband. I will come back for another.

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