Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dance staff ornament
  • Swinomish peoples
  • dance staff ornament, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • mountain goat wool, cattail, cotton, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 60 x 45 cm
    Object Height/Width: 23 5/8 x 17 11/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1374

The twisted ropes of mountain goat wool are tied to a bundle of cattail leaves with cotton string. The top 1/3 of the ropes are woven loosely together at three intervals. The ends of the ropes are dyed red. There are five large safety pins on the back, though only three of them attach the wool to the plant bundle. It was possibly an old repair.