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beaded arrowhead
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded arrowhead, 1876
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 15.5 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 6 1/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1748

The beaded buckskin is in the shape of an arrowhead. It has a translucent red field. The script reads: "Minni wakan" (translated as "sacred water") and "1876" in translucent yellow beads.

This may have been made as a priest's accoutrement.