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Indigenous Peoples Day

  • Post Date: 10/9/2017
  • Author: Amy Heggemeyer
  • Reading Time: 2 minute read

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate living cultures. There are 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States today, and many more that are not federally recognized. In some cities and indigenous communities, today is celebrated with powwow. The powwow-related objects in the Spurlock collection primarily date to the early 20th century.

To see 21st century powwow regalia, please visit the Grass Dance regalia on display in Spurlock's North America: "People of the First Nations" exhibit.

  • fan-shaped flat headdress made of trimmed sticks that look like reeds
    Headdress | Santa Clara Pueblo or Ohkay Owingeh, San Juan Pueblo | mid-20th century | 1998.19.3319
  • flat cream-colored textile with red/blue/black/green geometric design on edges
    Social Dance Kilt | Hopi | 1960–1969 | 1998.19.3330
  • flat basket with darkened design in center
    Yingyapu, Basket Plate | Third Mesa Hopi | mid-20th century | 2006.16.0007
  • wooden mallet/hammer type object
    Iroquois Confederacy Social Dance Rattle | mid-20th century 1998.19.2995
  • narrow wooden stick with carved notches along one side
    Dance Rasp | Hopi | mid-20th century | 1998.19.2997
  • cream colored boot with orange and yellow animal hide accents
    Moccasin, one of a pair | Ashiwi, Zuni Pueblo | 1900–1927 | 1998.19.2723A