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Broken Treaty Quilt #5
  • Gina Adams
    born 1965
    born: Groton, Connecticut, United States ; active: United States
  • Broken Treaty Quilt #5, 2014
  • Where object was made: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • cotton, calico, quilting, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 210 x 186 cm
    Object Height/Width: 82 11/16 x 73 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of Roger Ward, B.A. 1976 in memory of Ralph E. (“Ted”) Coe; Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund and Judith M. Cooke Native American Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2015.0069
Label Text

Cotton quilt with a scalloped edge on all four sides. There is a white field on both sides. On one side there is a design of interlocking rings made from small scraps of calico fabric in numerous colors and patterns. The other side is a plain white field. On both sides of the quilt there are lines of text appliqued on the quilt, also using small scraps of calico fabric in different colors and patterns.

The plain white side reads:

Treaty With the Kiowa and
Comanche 1867
From this day forward
all war between the parties to this
agreement shall forever cease The
Government of the United States
desires peace and its honor is here
pledged to keep it The Indians desire
peace and they now pledge their honor
to maintain it If bad men among
the white or among other people
subject to the authority of the United
States shall commit any wrong upon
the person or property of the Indians
the United States will upon proof
made to the agent and forwarded
to the Commissioner of Indian
Affairs at Washington City proceed
at once to cause the offender to be
arrested and punished according

[The side with interlocking rings reads: ]

to the laws of the United States
and also reimburse the injured person
for the loss sustained. If bad men
among the Indians shall commit
a wrong or depradatoin[sic] upon the
person or property of any one white
black or Indians subject to the
authority of the United States and
tapeace[sic] therewith the tribes herein
named solemnly agree that they
will on proof made to their agent
and notice by him deliver up the
wrongdoer to the United States to
be tried and punished according
to its laws and in case they wilfully
refuse so to do the person injured
shall be reimbursed for his loss
from the annuities or other moneys
due or to become due to them under
this or other treaties made with