The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 13, 2024

Blanket Strip

Blanket Strip

c. 1900
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.”
  • Native North America Basket Rotation (Native North America rotation). The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (December 4, 2021-December 4, 2022).
    Gallery 231 - Native North American Textile Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 26, 2014-July 29, 2015).
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