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Catalog Number 9586-2-(2-3)
Title Leggings, Women's, Beaded; Pair
Object Name Legging
Description Native tanned leggings made of rectangular pieces of leather. The leggings are long and designed to cover the leg between ankle and knee. The leggings are stitched into tube shapes, with opening slits at the top and bottoms. The seams of the leather are connected with sinew. The ankles close with leather strips, most of which are missing. The top opening does not have closures, but the edges of the leather have small needle holes in the edges, perhaps from a fabric binding or from closures. Wide bands of beadwork decorate the fronts of the leggings. The beaded design is geometric and features a row of diamonds connected by a band of beadwork and bordered with two thin lines of beadwork. The ankles of the leggings are decorated with a thick band of striped and triangular beadwork. The colors of beads used are light blue, dark blue, white heart red, white and yellow. The beadwork is attached to the leather with sinew and lazy stitch.
Date 1870s, ca.
Culture North American Indian/Teton Dakota Sioux
Material leather, glass beads, sinew
Length (in) 19.75
Width (in) 7
People Sitting Bull
Standing Holy
Persinger, A.B.
Other Name Legging, Women's
History According to family history, these leggings belonged to the daughter of Sitting Bull. The donor's grandmother's brother-in-law was a Canadian mounted policeman who obtained a dress and leggings 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 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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