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peyote fan
  • unknown Plains maker
  • peyote fan, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • scissor-tailed flycatcher feathers, ring-necked pheasant feathers, scarlet macaw feathers, feathers, leather, buckskin, wood, paint, thread, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length: 41.27 cm plus tassles
    Object Length: 16 1/4 in plus tassles
  • Gift from the Jedel Family Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0165

Fan with 56 attachments on a beaded handle with fringe at the end. Each of the attachments is attached to the handle with a white leather wrapped wooden end. After the leather, the wood is wrapped in red thread. Next to the red thread are small feathers that are dyed blue. 52 of the attachments then have scissor-tailed flycatcher feathers attached to them, which are long thin feathers that are white at the base and dark brown at the tips. Three of the attachments have ring-necked pheasant feathers which have been cut down to the same size as the flycatcher feathers and have a saw-tooth edge. The feathers are golden brown with dark brown bars. On each of the pheasant feathers there are smaller feathers glued on with bright orange paint. The feathers glued on at mid-shaft are dyed bright yellow and pink, and the feathers glued onto the tips of the feathers are dyed blue. In addition, there is one attachment that is made with a scarlet macaw tail feather that was cut down with a saw-tooth edge. The handle of the fan is beaded with a peyote stitch method. The field is white with a zig zag design in orange, yellow, green, and three shades of blue. Attached to the end of the handle are 8 fringes made of twisted pieces of buckskin covered in white paint.