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Catalog Number 8634-8
Title Doll; Santee Sioux
Object Name Doll
Description A male doll made of cotton cloth and denim with an unknown stuffing. The head is covered with black yarn with a buckskin face. The features are drawn on with black ink and red paint. The doll is dressed in a fringed buckin shirt, fringed leggings, breach cloth, and moccasins. Glass beads decorate the doll's clothing. Bead colors light green, dark green, white, translucent yellow, dark blue, and red. Fringe decorate the sleeves and the shirt is trimmed with red and faded blue silk ribbon. The leggings are fringed and undecorated. The moccains have a pointed toe and gathered instep. The breach cloth is decorated with rows of purple silk ribbon on a red wool background. The rows are connected with "X"s of yellow thread. The breachcloth is also decorated with white edge beads and translucent yellow bead loops. A necklace of large beads is placed around the doll's neck.
Year Range from 1876
Year Range to 1922
Culture North American Indian/Dakota/Santee Sioux?
Material buckskin; silk; glass beads; denim; thread; wool yarn; cotton cloth
Used USA: Nebraska (Knox), Bloomfield or Niobrara
Height (in) 1.75
Length (in) 13.375
Width (in) 9
People High, B.Y.
Search Terms Santee Sioux Tribe
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