Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ghost dance hoop
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • ghost dance hoop, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • wood, sinew, buckskin, eagle feather, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 39 x 15.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 15 3/8 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1389

The small wooden hoop is wrapped in sinew with two strands crossing the center. A piece of buckskin is tied at the intersection. A single eagle feather dangles from the hoop, tied on with a piece of buckskin.