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Dance Staff

Object Number:70-9-485
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Delaware Culture (uncertain)
Lenape (uncertain)
Provenience: United States of America
Oklahoma
Fort Washington
Culture Area: Northeast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Bead
Buckskin
Feather
Length: 52 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970

Description

Decorated with singed, beaded strip, buckskin fringe, yellow and red paint, and three feathers, one of them from a parrot. Of the type used by leaders in social or "stomp" dances. Note on tag accompanying object (not in Speck's writing): "Ft. Washington. Dancing staff, beaded. The designs represent a good loyailty [sic]. Yellow feather represents a safe Guide while dancing."

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