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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Plains 1866 Amoskapi Pikuni 13 Blackfeet 183
tanned bison hide 29 bison hair 8 pigment 539 sinew 620 porcupine quills 146
horse mask 5
ca. 1850
L: 35 in, width: 20.5 in
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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
tanned bison hide mask that covers neck and head. One side plain, other side painted turquoise blue. Two opposing halves (night/day). Bound in center with leather strips laced through and painted brown/black - bisecting the two. Covered with 64 forked motifs in red porcupine quillwork representing buffalo hooves (Thunder). Circular blue quillwork around eye holes with red quillwork in arrow shapes surrounding (Lightning) eyes. 12 up pointing arrows above the eye hole on brown side, 8 on blue side. Tufts of bison hair above each hoof print (souls=scalps of enemy). Added 2" fringe around snout, red quill wrapped at base of each fringe. Some replacement quills in orange and yellow. Leather ties along bottom to hold in place. This hood is featured in "American Indian Horse Masks," 2006, Hawk Hill Press, pg. 30-31.
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As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Plains Indian Museum.
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