Ribbonwork cradleboard cover
Description A cradleboard cover, blanket, or shade, possibly Dakota, circa the mid-19th century. It is made of black cotton velveteen embellished with silk ribbon applique' work, fur trade era silver brooches, and leather thong and hair tassel. It was collected during the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War by Captain Charles J. Stees of the 6th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company G, at Wild Goose-Nest Lake, in Dakota Territory. The donor's description reads in part "Evidently the silver buckles were obtained from some Dutch trader. The light hair (formerly a tight curl) was the curl of a little child and the dark hair is that of a white woman."
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 35 1/4 inches width
28 inches length
Nomenclature Cover (overlying object)
Creation Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Subjects Other type: Stees, Captain Charles J.
United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865), Company G
Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Wild Goose Lake, Minnesota, United States
U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Indian. Building Furnishings. Bedding
Indian. Transportation. Land
Dates Discovery: Approximately 1863

Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 6158.9

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