A Dakota pincushion from the Dakota community at Prairie Island in Goodhue County, c.1930s. The left-facing swastika included on the cushion is a traditional American Indian (as well as Southeast Asian) symbol of peace and good fortune. Its use in Native art pre-dates, and is unconnected to, Nazism.
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.
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.