Dakota beaded moccasins

Dakota beaded moccasins

Leather moccasins beaded with a geometric design. Originally owned by John Other Day (Wahpeton Dakota) and given to Stephen Return Riggs, a missionary and government interpreter among the Dakota in southwestern Minnesota, ca. 1860.

Dakota beaded knife sheath

Dakota beaded knife sheath

A Dakota, possibly Yankton, beaded knife sheath dating to the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Two beaded tassels are attached to the sheath's bottom; one tassel ends in metal cones. A string ending in metal cones connects the sheath's sides on either side of its opening. The reverse side of the sheath is undecorated save for a few rows of blue beads near the opening.

Dakota glass, clay, and agate beads

Dakota glass, clay, and agate beads

Double string of beads includes glass, clay and agate beads; the strand is divided into four rings that are separated by a flat white bead with double holes. The beads are mostly amber colored with a few faceted, round, or cylindrical beads. Additional colors range from plain blue, yellow, or green to multicolored figured beads. The beads were restrung in 1962, but the original bead order has since been restored.

Dakota beaded glass necklace

Dakota beaded glass necklace

Dakota necklace made from a string of light pink amber glass beads of various sizes and shapes. The beads are European glass of the type used in the fur trade, are worn, and have been restrung on a nylon cord. Made ca. 1890.

Light blue glass trade beads

Light blue glass trade beads

Three opaque light blue pony beads made between 1700 and 1837.

Dakota beaded leather bag

Dakota beaded leather bag

A Dakota beaded and quilled leather storage or "possibles" bag. The bag is rectangular in shape, with porcupine-quilled red lines on the front and beaded geometrics on the sides, and is decorated with tufts of yellow and purple horsehair emerging from metal cones. Made by Nancy McClure Faribault, wife of David Faribault, circa 1880.

Family members of Jean-Baptiste and Pelagie Faribault

Family members of Jean-Baptiste and Pelagie Faribault

Family members of Jean-Baptiste and Pelagie Faribault, ca. 1850. Pictured are their son Alexander (standing at left); their grandson George (seated at left); and George’s bride, Euphrasine St. Antoine (seated at center). Jean-Baptiste is seated on the far right. Father Augustin Ravoux stands between Jean-Baptiste and Euphrasine.

Dakota cradleboard ornament with quillwork

Dakota cradleboard ornament with quillwork

A cradleboard ornament made of hide decorated with dyed porcupine quills, created by a Dakota woman between 1775 and 1850. Pelagie Faribault would have made quillwork ornaments for her children's cradleboards in a similar style.

Faribault, Pelagie (1783–1847)

Pelagie Faribault was a métis (Native and European) woman who received Wita Tanka (Big Island, also called Pike Island) from her Dakota kin as part of an 1820 treaty with the United States. The Faribault family held influence in the Dakota community, and Pelagie in particular was known for her acts of generosity.

Dakota family using a horse-drawn travois

Dakota family using a horse-drawn travois

Oil-on-canvas painting depicting a Dakota family using a horse-drawn travois (an animal skin stretched between two poles) to haul their possessions. Painted in 1869 by Seth Eastman. From the art collection of the US House of Representatives; used with permission.

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