Color image of a fringed and beaded Dakota bag with drawstring closure created in the 1930s for sale to tourists.

Fringed and beaded Dakota bag

Fringed and beaded Dakota bag with drawstring closure created in the 1930s for sale to tourists. The five left-facing swastikas rendered in beads are traditional American Indian (as well as Southeast Asian) symbols of peace and good fortune. Their use in this context pre-dates, and is unconnected to, Nazism.

Color image of a Dakota doll made for "Bloom Bro. Co. Quality Line Souvenirs, Minneapolis" by the Bluecloud family from the Upper Sioux Indian Community in Granite Falls in the early 1900s.

Rebecca Bluecloud doll

Dakota doll made for "Bloom Bro. Co. Quality Line Souvenirs, Minneapolis" by the Bluecloud family from the Upper Sioux Indian Community in Granite Falls in the early 1900s.

Color image of a Dakota beaded wall pocket made c.1900.

Dakota wall pocket

Dakota beaded wall pocket made c.1900.

Color image of a Dakota hanging picture frame made of decorated leather, probably for the commercial market, c.1900. The frame was purchased at either the Lower Brule Agency or the Crow Creek Agency in South Dakota.

Dakota picture frame

A Dakota hanging picture frame made of decorated leather, probably for the commercial market, c.1900. The frame was purchased at either the Lower Brule Agency or the Crow Creek Agency in South Dakota.

Color image of a beaded Dakota case, c.1900. From the Cheyenne Indian Reservation; probably made as a tourist souvenir.

Dakota beaded scissors case

Beaded Dakota case, c.1900. From the Cheyenne Indian Reservation; probably made as a tourist souvenir.

Color image of a pair of beaded Dakota-Metis half leggings, probably from the Red River region of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba, made in the mid 1800s

Half leggings

A pair of beaded Dakota-Metis half leggings, probably from the Red River region of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba, made in the mid 1800s. The leggings are beaded on their front faces with a series of standalone fantasy floral and double-curved motifs typical of Dakota–Metis (as well as Santee Dakota and some Crow) beadwork decoration. Each legging is bordered in a beaded checkerboard motif.

Color image of a beaded wall pocket made by Dakota Indians. Collected at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

Dakota beaded wall pocket

Beaded wall pocket made by Dakota Indians. Collected at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

Color image of a pair of Lakota hide trousers with extensive bead and quillwork decoration. Made with a combination of machine and hand sewing. Collected at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, c.1900.

Lakota man's trousers

A pair of Lakota trousers made of hide with extensive bead and quillwork decoration. Made with a combination of machine and hand sewing. Collected at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, c.1900.

Color image of a Dakota leather pouch with lane-stitched geometric beadwork made in the nineteenth century.

Dakota beaded leather pouch

Dakota leather pouch with lane-stitched geometric beadwork made in the 1800s.

Color image of a sample card of glass seed beads sold at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia between 1920 and 1959.

Sample card of glass seed beads

Sample card of glass seed beads sold at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia between 1920 and 1959.

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