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Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Multicolored depictions of horses, flags, and Thunderbirds adorn this heavily beaded cradleboard. Created in pairs, the images relate to both the physical and the spiritual worlds. The artist used the typical Métis spot-stitch beading technique for the figures and geometric motifs, and filled the white background with parallel lines in lane (or lazy) stitching. Although the beadwork resembles the artistry of Kiowa women, the cradleboard’s construction identifies it as Lakota. The American flag signifies tribal patriotism and family pride.

Cradleboard, Wood, rawhide, glass beads, native-tanned leather, muslin, brass tacks, silk ribbon, cotton cloth, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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