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Arapaho Pipe

Arapaho Pipe
Date: Unknown
The records indicate that this pipe was made by someone from the Arapaho tribe on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. It was purchased by two different museums, before finally being purchased by the Kansas Historical Society in 1956. The soft, fine-grained material of the stone enabled the carver to shape and smooth the pipe and drill holes for the bowl and stem. It was likely never smoked as no traces of dottle (tobacco residue) remain within the bowl or on the rim.


Beaded and Quill Worked Pipe Bag

Beaded and Quill Worked Pipe Bag
Date: 1880-1900
Though its origins are not know, this beaded pipe bag has a design similar to those favored by the Lakota Sioux. It was donated in 2006 to the Kansas Historical Society. The bag is made of leather with a leather fringe along the bottom. It is decorated with red, blue, yellow, green, white and gold beads, in addition to porcupine quills dyed red, white, purple, turquoise and yellow.


Beaded Bag

Beaded Bag
Date: Unknown
This beaded bag has a red blanket cloth front and a leather back. The front and flap is decorated in a floral design with small yellow, pink, white, blue, green, and gold glass beads. Larger barrel-shaped green glass beads decorate the edge of the flap and, along with brass bells, decorate the leather fringe at the base of the bag.


Beaded Buckskin Ball

Beaded Buckskin Ball
Date: Unknown
This stuffed buckskin ball was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1954. The red, white, and blue trade bead design divides the ball into four sections and is sewn with animal sinew, the fibrous tissue binding muscles and bones.


Beaded Cushion Top

Beaded Cushion Top
Date: Unknown
This beaded top of a cushion was donated to the Kansas Historical Society and may have a Kaw or Kansa association. The beading was done on maroon wool. The edges have scalloped green, clear, and blue beads with a border of blue, red, clear and green beads. The floral pattern on top has purple, blue, green, clear, gold, white and red beads. Kaw Mission was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Beaded Moccasin

Beaded Moccasin
Date: 1875-1925
This single beaded moccasin was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2006. The linear motif pattern, similar to a Central Plains style, is sewn with white, green, blue, and red beads. Beads also border the sole and a strip of beading is on the moccasin back, above the heel.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
These moccasins were originally on display at the Highland Museum (later the Iowa and Sac and Fox Historic Site) in Doniphan County. The rounded toe moccasins have fur lined flaps and hard leather soles. Black cotton bands, stuffed with a red, white and blue printed cotton, trims the sides. The uppers and sides are decorated with a linear motif in red, white and blue beads.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of leather moccasins was decorated with a colorful variety of beads in triangle and linear patterns. The front of the tongue has brass tinklers with red feathers in addition to the beaded decoration. The back of the moccasins have a cuff made of red cotton. When they arrived in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society they had lost their provenience, their record of ownership. While this is disappointing, it does not mean the moccasins have lost all of their utility and value. They can still be used for teaching purposes as an example of an early ethnographic items in Kansas. These moccasins spent many years on display at the Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site before returning to the Kansas Historical Society.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of leather moccasins was decorated with a colorful variety of beads in strips, triangles, and diamond patterns. The back of the moccasins have a cuff made of red cotton. When they arrived in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society they had lost their provenience, their record of ownership. While this is disappointing, it does not mean the moccasins have lost all of their utility and value. They can still be used for teaching purposes as an example of an early ethnographic items in Kansas.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of leather moccasins is decorated with white, blue, and red beads in triangle and bar patterns. When they arrived in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society they had lost their provenience, their record of ownership. While this is disappointing, it does not mean the moccasins have lost all of their utility and value. They can still be used for teaching purposes as an example of an early ethnographic items in Kansas.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of beaded moccasins was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1960. The one piece uppers have an applied tongue and rawhide soles, sewn with sinew. They are decorated with a white beaded background and a red and blue beaded linear pattern, similar to a Central Plains style.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of leather moccasins is decorated with a colorful variety of beads in diamond, cross, and linear patterns. The cuff is bound with a red cotton fabric and the moccasins are tied with a leather thong. When they were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1959 they had lost their provenience, their record of ownership. While this is disappointing, it does not mean the moccasins have lost all of their utility and value. They can still be used for teaching purposes as an example of an early ethnographic item in Kansas.


Beaded Moccasins

Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
The pair of slip-on beaded moccasins were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2003. They are likely either decorated in a Pawnee or Plains style. The leather moccasins were beaded with dark blue, red and green beads in a floral pattern on the uppers and around the sides. Traces of animal hair remain on the soles in addition to some writing in pencil.


Beaded Moccasins from Ford County

Beaded Moccasins from Ford County
Date: Unknown
This pair of leather moccasins is decorated with a colorful variety of beads patterned after a corn plant. The moccasins have a cuff made of black and white calico fabric. They were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2001 by the family of a Lutheran minister serving the Dodge City area in the early 20th century.


Beaded Pouch

Beaded Pouch
Date: Unknown
This beaded leather pouch was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1960. The beads are sewn on with sinew, a tough tendon or ligament tissue and form geometric patterns on both sides. The edges are decorated with leather fringe.


Beaded Sash

Beaded Sash
Date: Unknown
These beaded sash was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2002. The sash is comprised of pink, green, yellow and purple seed beads forming the pattern along the sash and the fringe. It was meant to be worn over the shoulder. The donor was the daughter-in-law of Henry Lueck, who was a partner in the Johnson and Lueck Store in Netawaka, Kansas, at the turn of the century. Some of the items in the collection may have been taken in trade by Mr. Lueck, but most were purchased from his Potawatomi customers.


Beaded Wall Pocket

Beaded Wall Pocket
Date: Unknown
This beaded wall pocket was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1980. Wall pockets are flat-backed objects meant to be hung on a wall to contain other objects. They are sometimes called wall vases. They became quite popular in the United States after World War I. This example is beaded in a floral pattern with clear glass beads outlined in white beads.


Carved Horn Scoop

Carved Horn Scoop
Date: Unknown
This horn scoop or spoon was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1963. The scoop was made of a hollowed horn and then intricately carved and decorated. The back of the scoop is carved with a series of diamonds.


Ceramic Pipe

Ceramic Pipe
Date: Unknown
This ceramic pipe was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1962. The pipe's surface has a brown glaze that has blackened over the years, perhaps due to smoking. There is tobacco residue present in the pipe bowl's interior. When the pipe arrived in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society it either had no or had lost its provenience, its record of ownership. While this is disappointing it does not mean the pipe has lost all of its utility and value. It can still be used for teaching purposes.


Child's Beaded Moccasins

Child's Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of child's moccasins was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1985. The moccasin are made of buckskin with a single tie leather lace and hard leather soles. The moccasins are decorated with a green, red, black, and blue beaded checkerboard and linear pattern.


Child's Moccasins

Child's Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of moccasins is decorated in a linear pattern with blue, white, green and red beads. The decoration on the one piece uppers vary slightly. The moccasins have leather ties, tassels on the heels, and cuffs finished with a floral calico material. When they arrived in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society they had lost their provenience, their record of ownership. While this is disappointing, it does not mean the moccasins have lost all of their utility and value. They can still be used for teaching purposes as an example of an early ethnographic items in Kansas.


Comanche Wooden Ladle

Comanche Wooden Ladle
Date: 1881-1884
This ladle was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1920. The ladle is carved from one piece of light colored wood. It was purchased from a member of the Comanche Tribe in the 1880s.


Decorated Pipestone Pipe

Decorated Pipestone Pipe
Date: Unknown
This pipestone pipe was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1956. The soft, fine-grained material of the pipestone enabled the carver to shape, smooth, and decorate the pipe. The stem end of the pipe has been carved into an octagonal shape and seven of the eight sides are decorated with a floral and crosshatch motif. In Kansas, these pipes generally were carved by American Indians between 1350 to 1850 CE, though they continue to be made today.


German Silver Ornament

German Silver Ornament
Date: 1800-1900
This scalp lock ornament was given to the donor's father by an American Indian chief and, in turn, donated in 1931 to the Kansas Historical Society. German Silver, which was a popular material for trade items in the 19th century, is actually a copper alloy with nickel included. A German silver plate applied to the top of the hair ornament form a circle or flower-like design. Small etched dashes are present in the center of the added plate.


Hand-Stitched Pendant or Amulet

Hand-Stitched Pendant or Amulet
Date: Unknown
This pendant or amulet was accessioned into the Kansas Historical Society archeology collections in 1984, though it was donated by an unknown donor at a much earlier time. The heart-shaped object has leather on one side and fabric on the other. Buttonhole stitches outline the shape.


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