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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Plains 1866
rawhide 1018 feathers 641 tanned hide 570 pigments 40 eagle feathers 19
charm 13
ca. 1870
width: 8.5 in
Credit Line:
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
Elk charm with eagle feathers. Rawhide cutout of bull elk profile. Surface colored overall with yellow ochre, dark green zig-zag line runs horizontally from eye area to tail end; green line bisects blue pigment on neck and shoulder areas, black outlines. Blue pigment on tips of horns. Red outline on lower jaw, nose and top of head. Black pigment on hooves. Reverse: blue pigment on neck; same red outlines on jaw, nose, top of head. Two feather fluffs with object; eagle feather fluff with small piece of red feather attached to hide thong strung through top of elk's shoulder; smaller unidentified yellow and brown feather fluff detached, has string loop. Hide loop strung though elk shoulder area. Needs additional research for use as elk medicine/charm and tribal affiliation.
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