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Tin tomato can dance shakers with leather straps / Clifford Littlebear

Curatorial Remarks

These shell shakers are worn by women during stomp dances. Not all women wear shell shakers. Shell shakers are heavy. This set of shell shakers are made from tin tomato cans; at one point in time shell shakers were made from milk cans. The tin cans are some times attached to leather boot tops.

Tags: tin cans, shell shakers, leather straps
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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Title(s): 
Tin tomato can dance shakers with leather straps
Creator(s): 
Clifford Littlebear
Culture: 
Native American; Euchee
Date: 
late 20th century
Materials/Techniques: 
tin, leather, brass, stone
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
84.2888a-b
Department: 
Not On View

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