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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Plains 1866 Blackfeet 183
rawhide 1018 straw 13 metal 3340 wood 4438 Cotton cloth 154 brass tacks 42 sinew 620 wool cloth 199 tanned hide 570 cotton thread 354
stirrups 29 pad 2 saddle 94 blanket 59
ca. 1890
saddle length: 16 in, saddle height: 10 in, saddle width: 10.5 in, blanket width: 33 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
woman's saddle. High pommel and cantle of wood forming into small discs on top , with a downward lip. The upright frame is attached with sinew to wood slat side pieces, all covered with wet rawhide, stretched tightly to form a casing. Sinew sewn. Prong inserted into the front of pommel. Brass tacks in single row around perimeter of pommel, with tanned hide fringe through rawhide on round disc. Double row of brass tacks on cantle around perimeter, along with hide fringe. One Rawhide strap has contemporary metal ring attached for girth strap off of set of holes through saddle base at front. Twine rope attached to this strap has wood/rawhide stirrup attached. Second rawhide strap off other set of holes on opposite side on front of saddle has a wood and rawhide stirrup attached. Also attached through the sets of holes in each corner of the saddle are small leather straps bound to: 1st layer - burlap bags on either side of saddle filled with straw. 2nd layer is cotton canvas fabric, the red wool cloth edged on the perimeter (rear portion only) and edged with cotton seam tape. Hand stitched with black cotton thread.
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