Lakota dream shield
Description A Lakota dream shield and cover collected at Standing Rock Agency in South Dakota, circa 1870. The rawhide shield is covered by a tanned hide shield cover. The cover is painted with a black and blue-green borders on yellow ground. At the upper center is a blue-green crescent facing down with a red star at center and red, white, and blue-green rainbow above. Below crescent is red, blue-green, white and black bird. At lower center a large spotted horse is depicted painted for war in blue-green, red and black with a face mask and black veil. At top, bottom, left and right edges are four-pointed red stars. The cover is also decorated at four points with pairs of golden eagle feathers wrapped in red cloth and accented with a brass bell.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 25 inches length (including feathers)
20 1/2 inches diameter
Nomenclature Shield (armor)
Creation Made by Lakota Indians
Subjects Collected in Standing Rock, South Dakota, United States
Made by Lakota Indians
Indian. Armaments. Accessories
Dates Creation: Approximately 1870
Use: 1914 (Date object was donated to the Minnesota Historical Society.)
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.
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 335.E110

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