Amulet

Turtle-shaped amulet.

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Width: 8cm, Length: 20cm
68-03428-000
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TYPE OF OBJECT: Baby carrier

CULTURAL CONTEXT: Spiritual

DESCRIPTION: Turtle-shaped amulet; oblong body extending to form legs, head and tail. All extremities have red-dyed feather held by tin cones. Stuffing: likely umbilical cord. Object is entirely covered in pearl embroidery.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END OF PRODUCTION: 1870 C

MATERIAL: leather; feather; glass bead; metal; tin; pigment; dye

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; beaded; dyed

MOTIFS: rectangle; square; line; triangle; parallel line; animal; geometric
TYPE OF OBJECT: Baby carrier

CULTURAL CONTEXT: Spiritual

DESCRIPTION: Turtle-shaped amulet; oblong body extending to form legs, head and tail. All extremities have red-dyed feather held by tin cones. Stuffing: likely umbilical cord. Object is entirely covered in pearl embroidery.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END OF PRODUCTION: 1870 C

MATERIAL: leather; feather; glass bead; metal; tin; pigment; dye

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; beaded; dyed

MOTIFS: rectangle; square; line; triangle; parallel line; animal; geometric

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Bag

Long rectangular buckskin bag, narrower at the top. Long fringe at bottom.

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animal; buckskin; porcupine quill; feather; cloth; thread; glass bead; metal
Width: 19cm, Length: 49cm
68-03129-000
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TYPE OF OBJECT: Pipe

CULTURAL CONTEXT: Everyday use

DESCRIPTION: Long rectangular buckskin bag, narrower at the top. Long fringe at bottom, adorned with dyed porcupine quills at half-length. Skin sling at one corner of opening. Metal cones with feathers on skin. Beadwork on both sides of bottom of bag, in a narrow band on one side and at opening. Different decorative patterns on either side.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END DATE: 1850 C

MATERIAL: animal; buckskin; porcupine quill; feather; cloth; thread; glass bead; metal

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; beaded; dyed; embroidered

MOTIFS: religious; cross; geometric; triangle; rectangle; square; dot; broken line
TYPE OF OBJECT: Pipe

CULTURAL CONTEXT: Everyday use

DESCRIPTION: Long rectangular buckskin bag, narrower at the top. Long fringe at bottom, adorned with dyed porcupine quills at half-length. Skin sling at one corner of opening. Metal cones with feathers on skin. Beadwork on both sides of bottom of bag, in a narrow band on one side and at opening. Different decorative patterns on either side.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END DATE: 1850 C

MATERIAL: animal; buckskin; porcupine quill; feather; cloth; thread; glass bead; metal

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; beaded; dyed; embroidered

MOTIFS: religious; cross; geometric; triangle; rectangle; square; dot; broken line

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Leather Knife Holster

Sheath made of single piece of folded leather, doubled at opining.

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animal; horse hide; metal; brass
Width: 13cm, Length: 34cm
68-03313-000
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TYPE OF OBJECT: Knife

CULTURAL CONTEXT: everyday use; Riel rebellion; Batoche

DESCRIPTION: Sheath made of single piece of folded leather, doubled at opining. Around the opening, the two pieces of leather are held by two wide decorative bands of brass studs, across the side and the opening, through which there is a triangular perforation for a belt.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END OF PRODUCTION: 1880 C

MATERIAL: animal; horse hide; metal; brass

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; studded
TYPE OF OBJECT: Knife

CULTURAL CONTEXT: everyday use; Riel rebellion; Batoche

DESCRIPTION: Sheath made of single piece of folded leather, doubled at opining. Around the opening, the two pieces of leather are held by two wide decorative bands of brass studs, across the side and the opening, through which there is a triangular perforation for a belt.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END OF PRODUCTION: 1880 C

MATERIAL: animal; horse hide; metal; brass

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; studded

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Knife Holster

Knife-shaped buckskin sheath.

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animal; buckskin; sinew; horsehair; metal; glass bead; pigment; dye
Width: 8cm, Length: 21.6cm
68-03219-000
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TYPE OF OBJECT: knife

CULTURAL CONTEXT: traditional; everyday use

DESCRIPTION: Knife-shaped buckskin sheath. Strap made of two braided beadwork chains. Two narrow skin straps fringed with glass beads on lower tip. Metal cones and red-dyed horsehair on borders. Glass beadwork over entire surface of one side.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END OF PRODUCTION: 1880 C

MATERIAL: animal; buckskin; sinew; horsehair; metal; glass bead; pigment; dye

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; beaded; dyed

MOTIFS: geometric; triangle; rectangle; parallel line; broken line; square
TYPE OF OBJECT: knife

CULTURAL CONTEXT: traditional; everyday use

DESCRIPTION: Knife-shaped buckskin sheath. Strap made of two braided beadwork chains. Two narrow skin straps fringed with glass beads on lower tip. Metal cones and red-dyed horsehair on borders. Glass beadwork over entire surface of one side.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA: Northern Plains

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP: Sioux

CULTURE: Dakota

END OF PRODUCTION: 1880 C

MATERIAL: animal; buckskin; sinew; horsehair; metal; glass bead; pigment; dye

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE: traditional; cut; sewn; beaded; dyed

MOTIFS: geometric; triangle; rectangle; parallel line; broken line; square

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Identify some traditional and exchange materials and manufacture methods utilized by Canadian Dakota Plains Peoples
  • Identify some objects made by Canadian Dakota Plains Peoples using a combination of traditional and exchange materials and their uses
  • Describe how exchange materials have influenced the objects made by Canadian Dakota Plains Peoples

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