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feather ornament or fan
  • unknown Sioux maker
  • feather ornament or fan, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • eagle feathers, buckskin, ribbon, sinew, porcupine quill, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 41.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 5/16 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0748

Three eagle feathers are joined at one end with a strip of buckskin. Two feathers are white with a brown end, one feather is brown along one side but mottled brown and white on the other. Red, and faded green ribbons are adhered to the mottled feather. It has a small square of hide with white fur. Faded green ribbon and a small square of animal skin is stitched to the end of the middle feather. The longest feather has remnants of some embellishment, probably the same material as that on the middle feather.

There is a small bit of red quill wrapped around the buckskin strip.