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Dakota riding whip
Description Riding quirt or whip is made of a tapered wood rod encased in a snug fitting beaded leather case. This covering appears to be made from a single piece of leather sewn with sinew; it has a short leather fringe sewn on each end. The beadwork is lazy-stitched in a geometric pattern using blue, green, white and gold seed beads. Two long leather lashes hang from one end of the rod. Opposite end of the rod has a hole through which a beaded leather strap is tied. This strap is plain on one side, and completely covered with geometric pattern lazy-stitch beadwork on the other, using blue, white, green and pink glass seed beads. The end of the strap is split into two beaded strips, that each have a tin jingle cone ornament with a long lock of dyed yellow horsehair projecting from the larger end.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 37 inches length
1 1/4 inches width
1 1/4 inches depth
Nomenclature Quirt
Creation Made in United States
Subjects Made in United States
Used in United States
Used by Dakota Indians
Dakota Indians--Horses
Horsemanship
Indians of North America--Great Plains--Horses
Indian. Transportation. Land
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1875 - Not later than 1899
Late 19th century
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 1981.41.14