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mountain lion skin quiver
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) or Sioux maker
  • mountain lion skin quiver, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • mountain lion skin, wool, cotton, brass?, pigment, wood, horse hair, dyeing, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 194 x 113 cm
    Object Length/Width: 76 3/8 x 44 1/2 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1238.01

This is mountain lion skin, with the fur intact, crafted into a quiver with a bow sleeve, leaving a paw hanging loosely on either end of the bow sleeve and the other two paws reattached to hang from the side of the quiver. The paw on the closed end of the bow sleeve has been dyed green on the furless side. A strap of fur has been attached opposite the two reattached paws. The strap and two strips of fur with paws each have a square of red wool, with a metal dome-shaped button in the center and a band of lane stitched beads around the perimeter. The beads are mostly white, but there are stripes of red and dark blue. There is a band of beading around the opening of the quiver with the same colors of beads with some light blue. The skin has been cut into fringe on either end of the quiver. There is a rectangle of yellow-orange cotton fabric that hangs loosely from the quiver behind the two paws. At the top of this block of yellow there is a long, skinny triangle of red wool with fur on the reverse side (probably the animal's tail), with the widest end near the quiver opening, with a band of beading around it, in colorless beads, and a second band around the colorless beads in white, red, and blue. There are four metal bells present on this triangle, but there appear to be five metal bells missing. A wooden dowel gives the quiver is structure, and the exposed end is wrapped in bands of dark blue and white beads and a tuft of horse hair.