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Plains Indian Museum

Apsáalooke 51 Northern Plains 1866 Crow 493
sinew 620 pigments 40 tanned hide 570 rawhide 1018 wool cloth 199 magpie feathers 5 ochre 31 golden eagle feathers 54 brass bells 43 owl feathers 12
shield 32
ca. 1870
Diameter: 19 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
Rawhide (probably cow or deer hide - due to its thinness) shield tightly covered with painted hide cover. Shield is covered with ochre, and has tanned hide tie through the front of shield. Cover has red wool cloth attached along the top (3"W x 18"L), tied through with 7 short hide pieces and three brass bells in the center. Eleven (11) dark thin feathers (raven, magpie?) tied into center of red wool. Tanned hide cover has ½"W black vertical stripes along bottom 2/3s and on upper 1/3. Fine green horizontal lines run across cover about 1/3 down. Two (2) green and black stylized bear paw w/claws are set to the left in upper black stripes and lower right in lower black stripes. Perimeter is ¾" W green stripe, with finer black stripe on either side. In the center of shield is cut out of stylized grizzly bear (Crow style) 7 ¼" L painted blue with bundle of split and yellow dyed owl feathers. One, tied-off, tanned hide strip is sewn through the left middle side of cover, nothing attached. Seven (7) eagle feathers are attached along lower half. Two (2) have bases wrapped in wool cloth and stitched with cotton thread.
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