A Northern Plains , Crow , Native American Beaded Buckskin Knife Sheath

A Northern Plains , Crow , Native American Beaded Buckskin Knife Sheath

1800 to 1900 USA

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A Northern Plains , Crow , Native American Beaded Buckskin Knife Sheath
Circa 1870’s

Size : 28 cm long , 10 cm wide – 11 ins long , 4 ins wide
Provenance : Presented to a visiting missionary in the late 19 th century . Sold by his descendants at auction April 2004

In the 1830's the ethnic cleansing of the South-eastern and Mid-western states by the American Government created a melting pot of diverse native American art traditions along the Missouri river and in present day Oklahoma . Unrelenting Government efforts to destroy the native cultures met with a stubborn resistance . Resulting from intensified intertribal contacts a new style of beadwork emerged . Shared by local and immigrant tribes alike this 'Prairie Style' , which is characterized by stylised floral and abstract forms , reflected the native willingness to sacrifice tribal distinctions in order to maintain an 'Indian' identity .
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buckskin , beads
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