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Items I would save if Caldera be eruptin'

Very difficult to choose, but these are my items and I am standing by it*! *P.S. You can always save and then edit your exhibit, that's right...

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Esjay

Sioux | Northern Plains | ca...
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Exhibit notes: The famous Beaded Trucker Hat would be the first thing I save.

Museum record: NA.202.394 | 1984 | H: 4.5 in, L: 10.75 in, width: 7.5 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/or Festive Adornment. Woven plastic, adjustable, billed. Blue with beaded bill and front. Blue, white, orange, red and yellow geometric star and cross design beadwork on light blue ground. Arrow design trim in same colors at the top. Black cloth brow band, mfg. tag - Funkap, large, made in U.S.A. | The Anguish of Snails: Volume 2, Folklore in the West; by Barre Toelken; Utah State University Press, Logan Utah; 2003; page 59 | NA.202.394.JPG | star | geometric | cross | cap | plastic | Beads | seed | billed | nylon | Sioux | Northern Plains

Biss, Earl | Print | color l...
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Exhibit notes: My favorite painting in our Collection.

Museum record: 6.82 | 1977 | comp height: 26 in, comp width: 18.5 in, Frame height: 34 in, Frame width: 25.75 in | Parley | LRC: Biss 77, LLC: Trial Proof, Center bottom: Parley | 6.82.JPG | 6.82.jpg | 6.82.jpg | 6.82.web.jpg | Indian | Animal | Group | Print | color lithograph on paper | Biss, Earl

American Bison
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Exhibit notes: Since there probably won't be anymore buffalo...

Museum record: DRA.305.89 | American Bison | Bison bison | Mammalia | 305.89.jpg

Colt Patent Firearms Manufac...
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Exhibit notes: Yeeeah! "The Gun to End All Wars" - that worked out nicely...

Museum record: 1988.8.3327 | ca. 1886 | Barrel length: 32 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | PATENT PLATE: GATLING GUN/PATENTED. ACTION CASING: MODEL 1883/CAL. .45. TRUNNION STRAP: MANUFD. BY COLT'S PAT. MFG. CO. HARTFORD,CONN. | Model 1883 | .45/70 govt. c.f. | 449 | 1988.8.3327.jpg | firearm | metal | trigger | wood | null | GATLING GUN | Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut | American

Her Majesty Queen...
Calhoun Printing Company, Ha...
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Exhibit notes: One of the largest Wild West posters.

Museum record: 1.69.6354 | 1888 | H: 118 in, width: 337 in, Image height: 109.5 in, Image width: 324.5 in | Her Majesty Queen Victoria at Buffalo Bill's Wild West London, May 11th 1887 | Mary Jester Allen Acquistion fund purchase | Top right: HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA/AT BUFFALO BILL'S/ WILD WEST / LONDON MAY 11TH / 1887 lower left: GRAND STAND / AT LONDON SEATING / 20,000 PEOPLE lower right: CALHOUN PRINTING / HARTFORD, CT | marked left side A, right side B. A - 118 x 171.25", B - 118 x 165.75" | 1.69.6354p1.jpg | 1.69.6354p2.jpg | 1.69.6354p3.jpg | 1.69.6354.jpg | 1.69.6354p4.jpg | Buffalo Bill's Wild West | Queen Victoria | Buffalo Bill | Cody, William F. | poster | woodblock on paper | linen | Calhoun Printing Company, Hartford, CT.

The Herd Bull
Scriver, Bob | Sculpture | p...
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Exhibit notes: I "herd" this was a cool sculpture.

Museum record: 88.69 | 1959 | H: 20 in, L: 26 in, width: 14 in, Base Length: 22.5 in, Base Width: 11.5 in | The Herd Bull | Top rear of base: c. BOB SCRIVER/1959, On base ahead of bull's right rear hoof: 2-- | 88.69..JPG | Animal | Sculpture | plaster, painted bronze | Scriver, Bob

Oklahoma | Southern Arapaho ...
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Exhibit notes: Ghost Dance dress

Museum record: NA.204.1 | ca. 1890 | width at shoulders: 33 in | Gift of J.C. "Kid" Nichols | Dress and Adornment - Religious Attire. Ghost dance dress - white buckskin dress, sinew sewn, rectangular strips pieced into shoulders, yoke/sleeves sewn to skirt, triangular extensions sewn at lower side seams to give skirt more flare; self fringe at side seams, added fringe at sleeve ends, self and added fringe at hem. Upper 3/4 of dress is painted blue with blue outlined natural buckskin stars in rows, painted green band separate blue upper dress from bottom 1/4 which is painted yellow-groups of 4 line and circle designs extend into yellow from green band, bottom edge has a red line with triangles pointing up, outlined with blue, triangular extensions have 2 rows of blue dots and 1 row of red dots at bottom. Yoke has laced-in fringe across front and back, fringes are trimmed with mescal seeds, ermine tails and feet, dyed red breath feathers and satin ribbons in fushia, blue, golden yellow on back, red, blue, faded light blue and faded pink on front, front also has an advertising mirror from Herbert Spencer cigars and a sinew wrapped lock of black hair. Four sleeve fringes on each sleeve are trimmed with 3 brass beads, right side fringes have 12 hawk bells, left side fringes have 9 hawk bells tied into them. | NA.204.1.jpg | NA.204.1.JPG | circle | triangles | dots | line | stars | Ghost Dance dress | brass beads | pigments | human hair | mirror | ermine | dyed feathers | silk ribbon | sinew | mescal seeds | brass bells | tanned deer hide | Oklahoma | Southern Arapaho

A Contemporary Si...
Bama, James | Painting | oil...
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Exhibit notes: I've always loved the emotion in this painting.

Museum record: 19.78 | 1978 | H: 23.375 in, W: 35.375 in, Frame height: 34.5 in, Frame width: 46.625 in | A Contemporary Sioux Indian | William E. Weiss Contemporary Art Fund Purchase | In western art the Indian is often portrayed as a character from the past. Using a realist style, Bama portrayed a contemporary Indian who maintains a relationship with the past but has to find his place in the white man's world. The message on the wall behind the subject echoes the artist's theme of the nonacceptance of Indians in mainstream American society. | LL: Bama 78 | 19.78.jpg | 19.78.jpg | 19.78.JPG | Indian | Painting | oil on panel | Bama, James

Gray Wolf
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Exhibit notes: That is one happy wolf.

Museum record: NH.305.27 | Gray Wolf | Canis lupus | Mammalia | 305.27.JPG

coat | buttons | Buckskin | ...
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Exhibit notes: Buffalo Bill's jacket

Museum record: 1.69.776 | ca. 1890 | overall length: 30 in, sleeve length: 24 in | Gift of Robert F. Garland | The buttons on this jacket are marked “Paris” and have the initials “WBC” on them | Buckskin coat with fringe on shoulders and down arms, one row down center back, beaded eagle epaulets on shoulders signifying rank of colonel, nine plain brass buttons down front, double split tail, floral beadwork throughout, 2 pockets on each side. | 1.69.776.JPG | 1.69.776.jpg | eagle | floral | coat | buttons | Buckskin | Beads | fringe | brass
disc | brass
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Exhibit notes: Annie Oakley shot this coin!

Museum record: | Aug. 9, 1909 | Diameter: 1.75 in | Gift of Elsa L. Schaffner | Each disc stamped one side: SHOT WITH/A/U.M.C. CARTRIDGE, Each disc stamped on other side: SHOT WITH/A/REMINGTON RIFLE, .1 is signed in ink: Annie/Oakley/Aug. 9, 1909 | Brass disc used for target shooting, a small hole is drilled through top edge, a bullet hole is through the disk. Elsa L. Schaffner watched Annie Oakley shooting targets, at Fred Stone's residence, Amityville, Long Island, New York, on Aug. 9, 1909 when she was a child, picked the above up as souveniers and also saved a newspaper clipping titled `Tells How Annie Oakley Shot Ashes From Kaiser's Cigarette' from the Amityville paper.Brass discs used for target shooting, each has a small hole drilled through top edge. | | disc | brass

G. Goodwin & Co., London, En...
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Exhibit notes: In case there are any ship invasions.

Museum record: 1988.8.980 | ca.1800 | L: 8.75 in, Barrel length: 2.5 in, width: 4.125 in, H: 4.875 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | [right side of frame:] G. GOODWIN & Co.; LONDON [tops of barrels and barrel frame numbered:] 5 6 7 8 [bottom of barrel frame:] (hallmarks) | .50 caliber | 1988.8.980.jpg | 1988.8.980.JPG | firearm | pepperbox | flintlock | G. Goodwin & Co., London, England

Northern Plains | Sioux | ga...
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Exhibit notes: Is this a hacky-sack?

Museum record: NA.503.3 | ca. 1885 | Diameter: 2.75 in | Ritual and Recreation: Games and Gambling Accessories of Games. Tanned, fully beaded in overlay stitch in geometric design. | NA.503.3.JPG | na.503.3.jpg | geometric | game ball | overlay | seed | deer | hide | tanned | Beads | Northern Plains | Sioux

Northeast Maidu | Genesee ar...
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Exhibit notes: Maidu hat, it's on display now in Adornment!

Museum record: NA.203.764 | H: 8 in, Diameter: 9.375 in | Dress and Adornment- Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Cone shaped hat made of coiled split maple geometric design in black (brachen) and red (split red bud). Maidu hat very rare BC-132 | NA.203.764.JPG | na.203.764.jpg | geometric design | hat | red bud | twigs | maple | Northeast Maidu | Genesee area

helmet | leather | metal | G...
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Exhibit notes: Gut Spike: 'nuff said.

Museum record: 1.69.880 | ca. 1900 | H: 7.25 in, diameter of opening: 9 in | Gift of Jimmy Allen | Leather German style helmet with metal spike on top and leather chin strap. | 1.69.880back.JPG | 1.69.880front.JPG | helmet | leather | metal | German style

knife/hatchet/sheath | metal...
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Exhibit notes: Everybody needs one of these! Should probably get a handle for the hatchet.

Museum record: 1.69.4991 | knife length: 9 in, width: 1.25 x 4.25 x 4.75 in, L: 7.75 x 9.25 in | Gift Mr. C. Robert Rice | On sheath: Pat. Feb 5, 1935 and " Case Tested" on snaps. On Hatchet: "Case XX" | (A) Knife: Green and black marbled stone handle. (B) Hatchet: all silver metal (C) Sheath: Tooled leather with snaps, silver rivets | 1.69.4991.JPG | knife/hatchet/sheath | metal | leather

Plains | Moccasins | glass b...
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Exhibit notes: Nice shoes!

Museum record: NA.202.1438 | 1900-1975 | H: 4.75 in, width: 5 in, L: 11 in | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | Men’s moccasins with beaded keyhole designs. Tanned hide uppers and soft soles are one piece, seam at back of heel, separate tongues and cuffs. Top of ankle cuffs have pinked edges. Hide ties inserted in holes front of ankle cuffs. Instep decorated with keyhole design; bands of pink/light blue/red/white/blue/orange with four point blue star white center. Five color bands on each side of instep, and on back of heel. Narrow bands red and white beads around toe box areas. Traces of orange pigment on surface of hide. | NA.202.1438.jpg | NA.202.1438.v1.jpg | Moccasins | glass beads | cotton thread | tanned hide | rawhide | pigment | Plains

Autio, Rudy | Sculpture | ce...
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Exhibit notes: A random thing I like.

Museum record: 59.09.5 | 1991 | Diameter: 27 x 18 in, H: 4.25 x 2 in, depth: 2.625 in | Orbit | Gift of Miriam T. Sample | On back on white adhesive label: Rudy Autio | steel cable hanger | On back: Autio / "91" | 59.09.5.jpg | woman | Man | Sculpture | ceramic | Autio, Rudy

Oklahoma | Cheyenne | Montan...
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Exhibit notes: Check out all the photos!

Museum record: NA.503.14 | ca. 1880 | L: 1.25 in, width: .875 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation: Games and Gambling Accessories of Games. Thirteen bone and nine plastic; all are carved and/or painted with various designs and dots. | NA.503.14A-V.JPG | na.503.14d.jpg | na.503.14i.jpg | na.503.14j.jpg | na.503.14k.jpg | na.503.14l.jpg | na.503.14n.jpg | na.503.14q.jpg | na.503.14s.jpg | na.503.14u.jpg | na.503.14v.jpg | na.503.14a.jpg | na.503.14b.jpg | na.503.14c.jpg | na.503.14e.jpg | na.503.14f.jpg | na.503.14g.jpg | na.503.14h.jpg | na.503.14m.jpg | na.503.14o.jpg | na.503.14p.jpg | na.503.14r.jpg | na.503.14t.jpg | various designs | dots | dice | bone | plastic | carved | painted | Oklahoma | Cheyenne | Montana

Unknown | peace medal | Jame...
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Exhibit notes: A Peace Medal always depresses me slightly.

Museum record: NA.205.75 | 1814-1815 | Diameter: 3 in | Gift of Mrs. Audrienne Moseley | Around edge: James Madison President of the U.S.A.D. 1809, Back: Peace and Friendship | Dress and Adornment - Status Symbols and Insignia of Office. James Madison peace medal - solid silver, profile of Madison facing left; back has crossed pipe and tomahawk with 2 clasped hands. Remarks: Previously numbered NA.205.19 but that number had already been assigned to a different artifact. | Magazine: UE Magazine, Fall 2004, Volume 100, Number 1, The Smithsonian of the West Internship by James L. MacLeod, University of Evansville, Evansville, 2004, page 5 | NA.205.75view1.JPG | NA.205.75view2.JPG | na.205.75 v1.jpg | na.205.75 v2.jpg | crossed | hands | tomahawk | profile | President James Madison | clasped | pipe | peace medal | James Madison | silver | Unknown

Montana | Cheyenne | peyote ...
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Exhibit notes: This drum is badass!

Museum record: NA.502.46 | 1950 | H: 6 in, diameter of top: 8.5 in | Ritual and Recreation: Ritual, Curing and Cult Objects. Iron kettle with stretched leather top, tied with cotton rope. | NA.502.46.JPG | NA.502.46.JPG | peyote water drum | iron | leather | kettle | cotton | rope | Montana | Cheyenne

rug | tan | black | Gray | R...
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Exhibit notes: A rug I've always liked.

Museum record: NA.302.48 | L: 55 in, width: 41 in | Structures and Furnishings: Dwellings and Furnishings. Woven wool with human figures in black, purple and tan on gray and white ground; red border around edge. | NA.302.48.JPG | na.302.48.jpg | human figures | rug | tan | black | Gray | Red | wool | purple | White

The Last of the B...
Bierstadt, Albert | Painting...
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Exhibit notes: Very iconic work, "The Last of the Buffalo."

Museum record: 2.60 | ca. 1888 | H: 60.25 in, width: 96.5 in, Frame height: 68.5 in, Frame width: 105.5 in | The Last of the Buffalo | Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase | With bleeding buffalo and bleached skulls in the foreground, the landscape artist Bierstadt represented the theme of wildlife vanishing from the wilderness. He made the shapes of distant mountains repeat the shapes of the main figures, thus underlining the interdependent relationships in nature. The Last of the Buffalo implies other endings. | LLC: ABierstadt | Book: Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art; Institute of Western American Art, Denver; and the University of Washington Press, Seattle; 2007, page 75 | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.JPG | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.web.jpg | Animal | hunting | Indian | Other | Painting | oil on canvas | Bierstadt, Albert

The Unknown
Greeves, Richard | Sculpture...
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Exhibit notes: My favorite sculpture.

Museum record: 69.86 | 1985 | H: 108 in, width: 92 in, Diameter: 90 in | The Unknown | Gift of Marjorie May Braun through the Braun Foundation | Back: R. Greeves/1985, Lower front: The Unknown, Back: R. Greeves/1985, Back, lower right: (design) | Installed in garden on 6-13-86. Commissioned by Braun Foundation. | 69.86.JPG | 69.86.jpg | 69.86.jpg | Other | monument | Group | Indian | Sculpture | bronze | Greeves, Richard