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Nellie Two Bear Gates, Suitcase
Nellie Two Bear Gates, Suitcase

This one-of-a-kind suitcase tells the surprising story of an artist, a wedding, and a people.

Henry Oscar One Bull, <em>Custer’s War</em>
Henry Oscar One Bull, Custer’s War

What most American students learn about as Custer's Last Stand was the last great victory for the Lakota people.

Bear Claw Necklace (Pawnee)
Bear Claw Necklace (Pawnee)

Six bears were required to create this necklace, meant imbue the Pawnee chief with protection and power.

Juana Basilia Sitmelelene, Presentation Basket (Chumash)
Juana Basilia Sitmelelene, Presentation Basket (Chumash)

The artist used Spanish coins as models for the coats of arms woven into this basket in California, then New Spain.

Feathered war bonnet
Feathered war bonnet

Coachella style has perpetuated stereotypes—but war bonnets have important cultural and spiritual significance.

Eastern Shoshone: <em>Hide Painting of the Sun Dance</em>, attributed to Cotsiogo (Cadzi Cody)
Eastern Shoshone: Hide Painting of the Sun Dance, attributed to Cotsiogo (Cadzi Cody)

Hide painting, a long tradition among Great Basin and Great Plains peoples, was adapted to appeal to tourists.

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