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This tool was used for scrapping and tanning hides but also served other purposes. This item dates back to the 1870’s. Women were the main users of scrappers and knives because they were in charge of cleaning and tanning the hides.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Northern Plains 1866
Descriptions
glass beads 689 dyed porcupine quills 86 tanned hide 570 bone 151 rawhide 1018 brass 1442 lacquer cotton thread 354 steel 2355
Names
sheath 14 knife 137
Date:
ca. 1870
Dimensions:
diameter of handle: 3.5 in, L: 12.75 in, L: 10.875 in, width: 3 in, width: 2.25 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
Remarks:
Dagger style (double edged) roughhewn knife blade fitted to a bone handle and originally secured with 10 brass rivets. Sheath is rawhide interior and tanned hide exterior with dyed quillwork on recto with 31 horizontal lines in stripes and solids in red, yellow, green purple. Top edge of case is trimmed around lip with striped segments of dark blue and white seed beads. Bottom of case embellished with rawhide strips, wrapped with dyed quills, and separated with single red seeds beads on bottom edge. Strips of tanned hide attached to top and at bottom of rawhide at bottom.
Accession Number:
NA.102.232

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Plains Indian Museum.
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