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Tin milk can dance shakers with leather straps / Clifford Littlebear

Curatorial Remarks

These shell shakers are worn by women during stomp dances. They were not worn by a child. Not all women wear shell shakers. Shell shakers are heavy. This set of shell shakers are made from milk cans. The tin cans are some times attached to leather boot tops. The shell shakers act as musical instruments and ceremonial items.

Tags: milk cans, leather straps, shell shakers, dance
People: Euchee, Clifford Littlebear
Places: Southeastern, Eastern Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial events, stomp dances

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Tin milk can dance shakers with leather straps
Clifford Littlebear (Artist)
Native American; Euchee
tin, leather, brass, stone
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Purchased with funds gifted by the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program
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Previous Number(s): 
TL1997.25.15; 84--.2884A&B; 33989
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