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Dakota Beaded Bag

Monday, May 25th, 2015

A Dakota bag decorated with geometric beadwork. Given to Frances Densmore from Chief Red Fox of the Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota in the 1910s.

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Sleeping Rabbit

Monday, May 18th, 2015

A tintype photograph of Sleeping Rabbit and his family made in 1880.

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Drying Meat

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A stereoview photograph of three Dakota Indians drying meat. Taken in the 1870s.

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Dakota Moccasins

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

A pair of beaded Dakota moccasins with split tongues ending in tinkle cones. Made sometime between 1870 and 1920.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these moccasins in our collections database.

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Gun Case

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A beaded Dakota hide gun case has a geometric pattern at the top with fringe below. The body of the case depicts two antlered animals. The bottom is fringed with metal tinkles interspersed. The case bears a white sticker with “McBrien” written on it. The case was collected by Colonel John G. Clark of the 50th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice in Dakota Territory during the US-Dakota War, circa 1865-6.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this case in our collections database.

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Teton Dakota Vest

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A lane-stitched beaded leather Teton Dakota vest, circa 1914.

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Beaded drawstring bag

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Beaded drawstring bag

A large beaded leather drawstring bag with six metal ornaments and blue wool yarn. The bag is either Cheyenne or Dakota (probably Teton) and is from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, N.D. Circa 1900.

This bag can also be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bag in our collections database.

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Dakota Pouch

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Dakota Pouch

Flat pouch beaded with a geometric pattern of red, white, light blue, dark blue, pink, gold, yellow and green beads lazy-stitched with sinew. Two United States flags are shown in beadwork at the top of one side. The bag was presented to the donor by Dakota of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in 1912.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bag in our collections database.

To see more examples of beadwork like this, visit the Library Lobby for the new exhibit on Native American beadwork. It is open regular Library hours.

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Dakota Inkwell

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Dakota Beaded Inkwell

Ink bottle covered in bead work and glass stopper for bottle. Beadwork is done on cloth and then applied to the bottle. Rows of beading in green, gold, blue and red. Collected at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, circa 1900.

For details, view this inkwell in our collections database.

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Dakota Beaded Moccasins

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Dakota Beaded Moccasins

Pair of sinew sewn leather moccasins with rawhide sole bound with black cotton cloth. Decorated with glass seed beads in geometric pattern. Predominant colors are red, white, yellow, green, and blues. Tongue comprised of 3 tabs with attached metal tinkler cones with remnants of blue feathers. Heel seam fringe and leather thong tie closure.

For details, view these moccasins in our collections database.

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