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Catalog Number 8634-206
Title Vest, Leather; Quill; Floral; Adult
Object Name Vest
Description Adult vest made of leather, cotton fabric and porcupine quill. The front of the vest is made of leather and decorated with floral quillwork in colors of red, orange, purple, white green and blue. The quillwork design is abstract and features swirling stems and daisy shaped flowers. The leather has pencil marked shapes drawn on it. The edges of the vest are bound with red and white cotton print fabric. The back of the vest is made of two layers of pink, white and black print floral fabric.
Culture North American Indian/Dakota/Santee Sioux?
Material deerskin, porcupine quill, cotton print,
Used USA: Nebraska (Knox), Bloomfield or Niobrara
Length (in) 23
Width (in) 19.25
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. 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