Plains earrings

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Title

Plains earrings

Description

These abalone earrings were purchased from a member of the Sioux tribe at the Poplar River Camp by Lieutenant Ogden B. Read in 1881, and later transferred to the Fleming Museum. The large abalone shells that form the lower part of the earrings and the small dentalia shells on the upper part of the earrings were most likely obtained through trade from another tribe located on the Pacific coast or from American traders.

These earrings were created as a man's adornment. Body piercing played a significant role in gendered ceremonial practices among the Sioux during this period. During adolescence boys had their ears pierced as part of a Sioux ceremonial ritual called the Sundance. The Sundance remains a significant summer religious ceremony celebrated by many of the Plains tribes. The ceremony is completed as a prayer to life and thanks to the Earth.

Creator

Yanktonai Sioux

Source

From collection of Lieutenant Ogden B. Read

Date

1881

Contributor

Curated by Midori Eckenstein

Format

Abalone shells, dentalium shells, sinew, metal , glass beads

Type

Image

Identifier

1881.3.105

Coverage

American Plains

Comments

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About the Original Item

Date Added
May 2, 2011
Collection
Fleming Museum
Item Type
Image
Citation
Yanktonai Sioux, “Plains earrings,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/606.
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