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The Story Behind the Painted Buffalo Robes

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By: Bill Wierzbowski

One hundred years ago this year (when the Penn Museum was just celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding) a letter arrived on the desk of then Director, George Byron Gordon.  The post was from James H. McGlaughlin, who ran a trading post on Standing Rock Reservation, in North Dakota.  In it, McGlaughlin replied to […]

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Fun Friday Image of the Week

By: Amy Ellsworth

Sneakers (92-20-1A,B), Made by Mrs. Ollie Hawk, Brule Lakota (Sioux), Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota The Lakota people have been known for their fine beadwork since the late 19th century. In addition to items such as pipe bags and moccasins which were the traditional surfaces for beading, beadwork began to be used to decorate other objects […]

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