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Catalog Number 9586-2-(1)
Title Dress, Buckskin, Pink, Beaded, Geometric, Floral
Object Name Dress
Description Women's dress made of white buckskin leather. Dress is made in three sections. The top and bottom are linked by a 3" band located below the arms. The yoke and tops of the sleeves are fully beaded with geometric designs. The design features a red center bar shape intersected by 3 red tipped green bars. On both sides of this bar shape are two diamonds filled in with red, green and yellow beads. Each tip of the diamond has a blue triangle extending from it. On the outer edges of the diamond shape, there are a pair of squares made of dark purple/blue beads. These squares contain 3 bars of red beads. These shapes are arranged on a pink beaded background. The pink beadwork is outlined with light blue, red and dark purple/blue stripes of beadwork. The underside of the sleeves is trimmed with long fringe. The bottom hem of the dress curves upwards, so that it falls to longer peaks at the side edges. The beadwork at the bottom of the dress is floral and curvilinear, with shapes that look like scalloped ocean waves decorating the front and back. The sides of the hem each have a large floral design on them. The upper front of the dress has thin leather thongs attached it. Beadwork is attached using running stitch and lazy stitch.
Date c. 1870s
Year Range from 1870
Year Range to 1879
Culture North American Indian/Teton Dakota Sioux
Material buckskin, glass beads, sinew
Length (in) 55.5
Width (in) 63.5
People Sitting Bull
Standing Holy
Persinger, A.B.
Other Name Dress, Women's
History According to family history, this dress belonged to the daughter of Sitting Bull. The donor's grandmother's brother-in-law was a Canadian mounted policeman (North-West Mounted Police) who obtained the dress in trade for food from Sitting Bull when he was in Canada after the Battle of Little Bighorn. The donor's grandparents were Mary Adams Persinger and A.B. Persinger and they later preserved the dress and leggings. The brother-in-law's name is unknown. A label from the University of Alabama where the dress was on loan in the 1940s and 1950s states that it belonged to Sitting Bull's only daughter, Standing Holy.

John C. Ewers, Senior Ethnologist at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian) evaluated the dress and gave his opinion that the dress was Teton Dakota and probably from the 1870s period.
Credit line Mrs. Harriet Persinger Searcy Murphy, Chase, Maryland
Collection Murphy, Mrs. Harriet Persinger Searcy
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