Blanket Strip

c. 1900
Location: not on view
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This beaded strip was stitched to a hide or a blanket.


The animal-hide robes basic to Plains attire were often ornamented with quilled or beaded strips, which also were stitched to the blankets that replaced robes. This beaded example carries the cross-in-a-circle motif that symbolizes the world, the four directions, and the sacred center, concepts central to Plains worldviews. In the 1932 words of Black Elk, the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) holy man, “[T]he power of the world always works in circles. . . . The flowering tree was at the center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. . . . Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.”
Blanket Strip

Blanket Strip

c. 1900

Native North America, Plains, Tsitsistas (Cheyenne)

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