|Tanned bison hide, cut into narrow apron, leather ties on either end to bind. Cut with approx. 1"W V-d edge at bottom. The bottom V'd edge is finished with the off-white quills, stitched through the hide. Three sections (3), each with a bison tail with hide on, piece of bison hide w/ fur on, top has rawhide piece divided into 3 section each wrapped with un-dyed porcupine quills, and striped with brown fern/plant fiber; each end has hide tie with quilled loop, with partial dew claw attached, all tacked down with 1 piece of leather tie, going through body of objects. On one side of center assemblage is one (1) long (30"+) leather strip wrapped in quills, bent at top to make two strands; one end has small quilled loop attached with hide strip. On opposite side of center are three, thin leather strips, wrapped with quills in sections to resemble stripes, with remnants of white feather fluffs.
Between the assemblages are a total of four (4) 2 ¾" L quill and fiber strips
sewn into the hide base. There are also two (2) quill-only 1 ½" L square crosses. One quill-wrapped strand on an end with cut hawk feathers and some fluff, attached to leather strip through the base. Same on opposite end, but without feathers. On each end of apron is attached quilled strip, wrapped around, to form a loop with two dew claws also attached.
This is object and the dance, etc. are described in Alfred Kroeber's The Arapaho, 1983, pp. 210-226. From Bulletin AMNH [Vol. XVII, 1902]. Portion attached. Print out from AMNH of similar object, also attached.