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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 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
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 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
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

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 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.


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 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.


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.


Home Sweet Home Cap

Home Sweet Home Cap
Date: 1904
This black velvet cap was donated in 1980 to the Kansas Historical Society. The interior is cotton lined with the sides stiffened with cardboard. The exterior decorated with "1904" in white beads and "HOME SWEET HOME" in gold beads and embellishments. On top there is a velvet covered button surrounded by beads and tassels with beaded loops. Caps such as these were made and sold by Ioway Indians at the White Cloud Agency.


Kansa Arrows

Kansa Arrows
Date: 1865-1880
These arrows were donated by the descendants of Mahlon Stubbs and his son Addison Stubbs. Both men worked with the Kansa tribe during the 1860s and 1870s as Indian Agent, Kansa Quaker School Superintendent, interpreter, or Appraisal Commission chair at the Kansa reservation in Morris County. The circumstances of their acquiring these arrows is unknown. Based on the sinew wrapping of the arrows, the arrow on the top may be older than the two nearly identical arrows below.


Kansa Beaded Head Band

Kansa Beaded Head Band
Date: 1880-1930
This head band was given to the donor's family because her grandfather had been a trader with Kansa tribal members in the Council Grove area from 1868 to 1873. Small blue, white, and red beads were used to create a geometric pattern with tassel threads on each end.


Kaw Beaded Awl Holder

Kaw Beaded Awl Holder
Date: 1868-1873
This beaded awl holder, with the bone awl still inside, was donated to the Kansas Historical Society. It was given to the donor's mother by a member of the Kaw tribe. Awls were usually made from deer bone and used as a perforating tool in soft material, like hides, and possibly in basket and pottery manufacturing. The awl case is made of buckskin and decorated with white, light blue, pink and dark blue beads in a spiral pattern.


Kaw Beaded Collar

Kaw Beaded Collar
Date: 1868-1873
This beaded collar was beaded on horse hair with leather ends. The blue and white beads form a geometric pattern. The collar was given to the donors mother by a member of the Kaw tribe and later donated to the Kansas Historical Society.


Kaw Beaded Moccasins

Kaw Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of moccasins is made of deer skin dyed yellow. They are decorated with beadwork at the ankle and along the side closure. Impressions around the conchos (possibly made of German silver) indicate that they replaced a larger decoration. The moccasins, made for a woman, are 26" tall and have a 9.5" sole length. Donation records note that this pair came from a Kaw reservation in Oklahoma.


Kaw Blanket

Kaw Blanket
Date: Unknown
This blanket was a government blanket originally issued to a Kaw or Kansa tribal member, who gave it to a resident of Council Grove. That woman eventually gifted it to a young man who helped her around her house and decades later in 2003 he donated it to the Kansas Historical Society. The blanket was made in the 3-point style (note the three short brown lines). Dimensions: 4' 5" x 2' 8."


Kaw Ceremonial Vest

Kaw Ceremonial Vest
Date: 1925
This vest was made in 1925 by members of the Kaw tribe and gifted to Frank Haucke upon the occasion of his being made honorary chief of the tribe. It was made of navy blue blanket cloth and decorated with orange silk stars, beads, and sequins. The vest is lined with white cotton material. In 1974 the vest was donated to the Kansas Historical Society. Dimensions: 21 7/16" x 17."


Kaw Drum

Kaw Drum
Date: 1900
This drum was presented to Kaw tribal member Jessie Mehojah during a ceremony in 1900. In 1962 his children and grandchildren donated the drum to the Kansas Historical Society. The drum is a hollow wooden cylinder with hide covered ends lashed with raw hide. It is approximately 13.5" high with oval shaped ends measuring 11" by 9 7/8."


Osage Beaded Moccasins

Osage Beaded Moccasins
Date: Unknown
These beaded moccasins are affiliated with the Osage Tribe. The leather moccasins have beaded tops, sides and soles in white, green, red, blue and metallic colored beads in geometric patterns. The tongues are split into two points that are tipped with metal tinklers and dyed red hair, possibly from a deer. It has been estimated that these moccasins may have been over 100 years old when donated in 1987 to the Kansas Historical Society.


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