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Plains Indian Museum

Central Plains 41
tanned hide 570 pigments 40 elk teeth 15 glass beads 689 wood 4438 otter hide 13 dew claws 97 abalone disk
turban 5
Diameter: 6 in, L: 28 in, H: 6.5 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
Single piece of tanned otter hide, fur on, wrapped to a head piece with yellow pigment inside head piece, and tail extends back. Piece of tanned hide (17"L) attached to tail portion, holes on its perimeter and tied through with strings of tanned hide, to make tail portion upright; heavily ochred. Wood stick or dowel strung through at wrapping point on interior where beaded disk is also attached; to make stand upright At tip of tail, two (2) elk eye teeth strung through piece of hide string, backed with abalone disk on verso. Beaded hide in octagon shape, majority light blue seed beads with square cross with two bars in horizontal stripes of yellow, dark blue, red. Two other bars in red, dark green translucent and yellow. Bordered in white; entire piece edged in green translucent. Through dark green center of cross is bunch of dew claws carved like feathers on short hides strips. Through the verso is long thin hide strip with two (2) elk eye teeth attached.
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