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Painted Plains Shields

These will supplement my museum studies curation project of "Shields of Power."

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


NA.502.66
Arikara | shield | pigment |...
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Exhibit notes: Arikara

Museum record: NA.502.66 | ca. 1875 | Diameter: 19.125 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Ritual and Recreation, Ritual, Curing and Cult objects. Painted rawhide shield with painted circle in center, to each side is a red painted golden eagle feather with a bear claw. One has a small medicine tied to it. The center has a down feather hanging from it. The back has a fringed leather carrying strap. | NA.502.66.JPG | NA.502.66.JPG | NA.502.66.jpg | na.502.66.jpg | golden eagle | bear claw | feather | circle | shield | pigment | feather | bald eagle | rawhide | Arikara

NA.108.16
Crow | Northern Plains | shi...
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Exhibit notes: Crow

Museum record: NA.108.16 | ca. 1870 | Diameter: 19.25 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Utensils and implements - Fighting (could also be used for ritual ceremonies). Shield cover - tanned with red painted design on top half with cut out animal figure of buffalo hide painted red attached to front. Tassles of feathers and complete ermine hide attached to center front. Single feather puff tassle. | NA.108.16.jpg | na.108.16v2.jpg | NA.108.16.JPG | Animal | shield cover | eagle fluff | ermine | buffalo rawhide | great horned owl feathers | tanned deer hide | pigment | Crow | Northern Plains

NA.108.17
Hidatsa | Northern Plains | ...
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Exhibit notes: Hidatsa

Museum record: NA.108.17 | ca. 1865 | Diameter: 18.75 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Utensils and implements - Fighting (could also be used for ritual ceremonies). Shield cover - tanned with lower half painted black with green animal figure painted in center front. Eight eagle feathers attached to bottom edge with stems wrapped with sinew. | Book: Giving Voice to Bear: North American Indian Myths, Rituals, and Images of the Bear by David Rockwell; Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Lanham, MD; 2003; cover illustration | na.108.17.jpg | NA.108.17.jpg | NA.108.17.JPG | Animal | bear | shield cover | eagle feathers | sinew | deer hide | pigment | tanned | Hidatsa | Northern Plains

NA.108.152.1
Crow | Northern Plains | Aps...
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Exhibit notes: Crow

Museum record: NA.108.152.1 | ca. 1850 | H: 20.75 in, width: 21 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 | Bison rawhide shield cover painted with tanned hide cover embellished with painted bison, eagle feathers, bison tail, and snow geese feathers. Shield and cover by same artist in Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. | NA.108.152.1-.2.jpg | NA.108.152.JPG | shield cover | snow goose feather | sinew | glass beads | bison rawhide | porcupine quills | wool cloth | pigment | tanned hide | golden eagle feathers | bison tail | Crow | Northern Plains | Apsáalooke

NA.108.12
Sioux | Northern Plains | sh...
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Exhibit notes: Sioux

Museum record: NA.108.12 | ca. 1880 | Diameter: 15.75 in | Utensils and implements - Fighting. Model shield and cover - rawhide, painted with deer on green background, blue bead half moon at bottom. Red wool along top edge with side tabs having black human hair tassles wrapped with sinew at top. Feather tassles attached. | na.108.12.JPG | na.108.12.jpg | moon | half | deer | shield cover | Tradecloth | hair | sinew | bald eagle | human | Beads | hide | paint | Animal | feathers | seed | Sioux | Northern Plains

NA.108.154
Kiowa | Southern Plains | sh...
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Exhibit notes: Kiowa

Museum record: NA.108.154 | ca. 1890 | Diameter: 18.75 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 | Utensils and implements - Fighting (could also be used for ritual ceremonies). Shield cover has non-acid free cardboard insert to hold the shape. The shield cover was condition reported and accessioned by Gary LaFranies | Ronnie Jo Horse | Alicia Bartlett, students from St Labre Indian School, Ashland, Montana with Rebecca West and Ann Marie Donoghue. | NA.108.130.jpg | shield | fighting | Northern Plains | shield cover | cotton thread | tanned hide | pigment | Kiowa | Southern Plains

NA.108.126
Southern Plains | Southern A...
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Exhibit notes: Southern Arapaho

Museum record: NA.108.126 | ca.1880 | Diameter: 17.5 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 | Arapaho, Dr. Frank Spect, 1602, good | l.312.2006.1002.jpg | cover | shield | Arapaho | shield cover | tanned hide | pigment | Southern Plains | Southern Arapaho

NA.108.117
shield | hide | leather
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NA.108.117 | Diameter: 15.25 in, width: 2.25 in | Gift of Mrs. Arline Keefe | Utensils and Implements, Fighting. Circular shield, warped and bent at sides-"wavy" effect. Leather/hide wrapped around and gathered at back with strap sewn through each pleat. Large circle exposes shield, which is painted red. Wide hide strap has ends sewn to each side and knotted in middle. Piece of rust twine hangs from knot. Front top and bottom center edges have two looped hide appendages, wrapped in red cloth. Appear to have held feathers at one time. Large painted reptile takes center. Reptile has green circular body with yellow head and feet, green tail. Outlined in blue. Also has blue eyes, claws and line with pointed "fins" running down the center of the body, from the nape of neck to end of tail | na.108.117.jpg | reptile | shield | hide | leather

NA.108.98
shield | metal | tail | feat...
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Exhibit notes: Replica (may not use)

Museum record: NA.108.98 | Diameter: 15.5 in | Utensils and implements - Fighting. Shield (prop or replica) - metal disc; rawhide on both sides; front painted with buffalo, stick figures, circles, and moons in black on red ground; back painted red; eagle feathers around edge; dried lizard tail attached to side. | NA.108.98.JPG | na.108.98.jpg | figures | painted | circles | moons | buffalo | shield | metal | tail | feathers | eagle | lizard | rawhide | dried

NA.108.160
Apsáalooke | Northern Plain...
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Exhibit notes: Crow

Museum record: NA.108.160 | ca. 1870 | Diameter: 19 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 | Rawhide (probably cow or deer hide - due to its thinness) shield tightly covered with painted hide cover. Shield is covered with ochre, and has tanned hide tie through the front of shield. Cover has red wool cloth attached along the top (3"W x 18"L), tied through with 7 short hide pieces and three brass bells in the center. Eleven (11) dark thin feathers (raven, magpie?) tied into center of red wool. Tanned hide cover has ½"W black vertical stripes along bottom 2/3s and on upper 1/3. Fine green horizontal lines run across cover about 1/3 down. Two (2) green and black stylized bear paw w/claws are set to the left in upper black stripes and lower right in lower black stripes. Perimeter is ¾" W green stripe, with finer black stripe on either side. In the center of shield is cut out of stylized grizzly bear (Crow style) 7 ¼" L painted blue with bundle of split and yellow dyed owl feathers. One, tied-off, tanned hide strip is sewn through the left middle side of cover, nothing attached. Seven (7) eagle feathers are attached along lower half. Two (2) have bases wrapped in wool cloth and stitched with cotton thread. | na.108.160.jpg | NA.108.160.jpg | shield | sinew | pigments | tanned hide | rawhide | wool cloth | magpie feathers | ochre | golden eagle feathers | brass bells | owl feathers | Apsáalooke | Northern Plains | Crow

NA.108.21
Northern Plains | shield | h...
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Exhibit notes: Northern Plains (replica)

Museum record: NA.108.21 | Diameter: 20.625 in | Utensils and implements - Fighting. Shield (replica) - rawhide with 8 eagle feathers and 4 hawk feathers on top. Buffalo painted on front with red and green background. | na.108.21.JPG | na.108.21.jpg | painted | buffalo | shield | hide | paint | Animal | hawk | feathers | eagle | Northern Plains

NA.108.23
Northern Plains | shield | A...
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Exhibit notes: Northern Plains (replica)

Museum record: NA.108.23 | Diameter: 22 in | Utensils and implements - Fighting. Shield (replica) - rawhide with 11 hawk feathers along bottom edge. Painted buffalo and rising sun on front with rectangular painted panels along top edge. | na.108.23.JPG | NA.108.23.JPG | na.108.23.jpg | sun | painted | buffalo | shield | Animal | feathers | hide | paint | hawk | Northern Plains

NA.108.136
Crow | Apsáalooke | Humped ...
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Exhibit notes: Crow

Museum record: NA.108.136 | ca. 1870 | Diameter: 20.5 in, L: 20 in, width: 20.5 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 | Bison hide shield with painted bison on front. Abnormality on upper portion was determined to be old wound on bison, exposed with hide cleaning, scraping. Vacuumed. | na.108.136v3.jpg | na.108.136v1.jpg | na.108.136v2.jpg | shield | human hair | wool cloth | tanned bison hide | pigment | sinew | great horned owl feathers | glass beads | immature golden eagle feathers | Crow | Apsáalooke | Humped Wolf | Northern Plains

NA.108.99
shield | feathers | eagle | ...
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NA.108.99 | Diameter: 16 in | Utensils and implements - Fighting. Shield - rawhide; painted on front with bird in red and green on yellow ground; back painted yellow; eagle feathers around edge with small red feathers at bases and orange horse hair at tips. Anderson lists this as a Blackfoot dance shield originally belonging to Joe White Grass, ca. 1890. 6-3-88 EAB | NA.108.99.JPG | na.108.99.jpg | painted | bird | shield | feathers | eagle | Horse Hair | rawhide | orange

NA.108.131
Kiowa | Southern Plains | sh...
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Exhibit notes: Kiowa

Museum record: NA.108.131 | 1825-1850 | L: 20.25 in, width: 21 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 | Buffalo rawhide shield. Bordered with red cloth and eagle feathers. Front is painted red, green, black. It is very dirty. Feathers are smoke saturated. feathers and fabric are very fragile. | na.108.131.jpg | ritual | fighting | shield | sinew | tanned hide | bald eagle feathers | wool cloth | pigment | buffalo rawhide | Kiowa | Southern Plains

NA.108.130
Kiowa | Southern Plains | sh...
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Exhibit notes: Kiowa

Museum record: NA.108.130 | ca. 1890 | Diameter: 18 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 | Utensils and implements - Fighting. Painted shield, good to excellent overall. Color is ver bright with some dark marks approximately four inches in diameter near center, and three inches in daimeter near upper right. leather is supple, feathers, hair, horn bite are intact. | na.108.130.jpg | NA.108.130.jpg | fighting | Northern Plains | Lakota | shield | rawhide | pigment | feathers | Kiowa | Southern Plains

NA.108.105
Crow | shield with cover | w...
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Exhibit notes: Crow

Museum record: NA.108.105 | ca. 1860 | Diameter: 21.5 in, depth: 2.25 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edson W. Spencer | back of shield,in red: C-1419 [in black] 71737/ [line] 1; [on back of cover, in black:] 71732 [line] 2 | Utensils and Implements, Fighting. Heavy concave rawhide shield with red ochre colored front and remnants of red ochre coloring under cover on back. Buckskin cover divided vertically into thirds with dark brown lines - outer two sections have slightly curved horizontal lines in dark brown with red ochre coloring between lines, center section has six bear tracks leading to a round bodied bear in dark brown and alternating dark brown and red ochre zigzag lines at top, attached between bear's ears is a charm of red wool beaded with greasy blue and white seed beads (two sizes) and one flicker feather. Buckskin thong lacing through holes gathers cover onto shield. Buckskin strips through pairs of holes in shield are tied around a wider buckskin strip that forms a handle. | Book: American Art, History, and Cultural Identity Encounters; by Angela L. Miller, Janet C. Berlo, Bryan J. Wolf, Jennifer L. Roberts; Pearson Prentis Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2007, page 213 | NA.108.105dtl1.JPG | NA.108.105dtl2.JPG | NA.108.105dtl3.JPG | NA.108.105.jpg | NA.108.105.JPG | na.108.105v2.jpg | bear | shield with cover | wool | Buckskin | pigment | flicker | rawhide | feather | glass beads | tanned deer hide | Crow