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Catalog Number 8634-64
Title Necklace; Imitation Wampum, Cowrie Shells
Object Name Necklace
Description Necklace made of triple strands of imitation glass wampum beads. Beads are tubular shaped, white colored and vary in size and diameter. Most of the beads are around 1" long and 1/4" diameter. Some of the wampum beads are separated by a small cowrie shell that has a hole drilled into it. The beads and shells are strung on two different kinds of thread, a thick cord and a thin string. Strand is tied together in one place.
Year Range from 1876
Year Range to 1922
Culture North American Indian/Dakota/Santee Sioux?
Material imitation glass wampum, cowrie shells, string
Used USA: Nebraska (Knox), Bloomfield or Niobrara
Height (in) 0.5
People High, B.Y.
History Bert Y. High (B.Y.) was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Nebraska in 1876. Further biographical information is in donor file. After spending time in Deadwood, S.D., and as a store clerk in Columbus, Ne., he went to Knox County and was employed at the store of H. E. Bonesteel at Niobrara. He worked there for 24 years later becoming manager. In 1903 he opened his own general store in Bloomfield. He spoke the Santee Sioux language and traded and sold with the Native Americans nearby. Items are presumed to be Santee Sioux. High died in 1922. Further information about the donation and collection is in the donor file. PIeces were either purchased by High or traded. According to the donor, High's daughter, the Santee called High "Sitka or Seatka (spelling unknown) which meant "white bird." When High moved to Bloomfield many Santee would come to Bloomfield to trade because they wanted to work with High, who spoke their language.
Credit line B.Y. High Collection, Niobrara (Knox), Nebraska
Collection High, B.Y. Collection