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Northeastern Plains

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On festive occasions, wealthy families used a wide, highly decorated crupper to secure their horses’ saddles. A crupper consists of leather straps that extend back along a horse’s hindquarters, loop under the tail, and attach to the rear of the saddle. Cruppers with simple rawhide straps were for daily use. Here, blue pony beads outline large rosettes of dyed porcupine quills, and a red trade-cloth panel is embellished with delicate silk appliqué.

Crupper, Rawhide, native-tanned leather, wool cloth and yarn, silk, glass beads, porcupine quills, metal cones, Northeastern Plains

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