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Dance Ornament

Object Number:46-6-8
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Cherokee
Provenience: United States of America
North Carolina
Culture Area: Southeast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Fiber
Feather
Length: 82 cm
Width: 39 cm
Credit Line:Cherokee Expedition; Frank G. Speck and John G. Witthoft, 1946

Description

Rectangular strip of tan flannel, split for most of its length; top bound with red cotton cloth, small diamond shaped piece of red cloth just above split; 14 feathers (2 missing) attached at intervals; red cotton tassels on sides and bottom.

"Ornament worn in dance or ball game. Feathers of several species of hawks symbolizing speed and swiftness. The red and yellow down represent the tribal colors of the Cherokee tribe. -- Standing deer."

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