This Small Quilled Woman’s Porcupine Quilled Powwow Sheath. It Is Identified By The Collector As Being Arikara From The Upper Missouri River.
- Porcupine Quilled Powwow Sheath
- It is an interesting piece, probably from the 1950s or 1960s judging by the tin cones.
- It is braintanned buckskin that has been ochered yellow with natural pigment paint.
- The quillwork is tight and small and understated in its design.
- There is a four directional design running through the piece atop a simple stepped linear design.
- The blue quills are faded and have two quills that have some kind of damage to it.
- The braided handle ends in two tin cone drops from which hang red dyed horsehair.
- A similar drop hangs at the end of the knife.
- These beautiful knife sheaths were worn in parades and powwow gatherings.
- This is in lieu of an actual knife to symbolize a woman’s knife.
- The interior is rawhide.
- The actual knife sheath is 6 3/4″ long x 2 3/8″ wide.
- With the handle and drop it hangs 16″ long.
- Native American Quillwork