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Macaw feather peyote fan with beaded handle / Joseph Rice


A peyote fan with eleven blue and red iridescent macaw feathers with dyed chicken hackles (burgundy, red, pink, orange, yellow, and green) secured to shaft with metallic copper, gold, and turquoise thread which fit into white doeskin section of shaft with red and blue glass beads at top and each shaft (11) hand stitched up back. These are attached with silicone to shot gun rod; entire exterior of upper section beaded with blue ground with yellow, black, red, white, and orange borders at top and diagonal vertical line band at base in like colors. Brass screw-ridged base contains wooden plug. Shank section contains brass ridged socked and wooden dowel to which white doeskin twisted fringe is attached. The entire shank is beaded with blue ground with peyote-stitch in red, orange, and yellow in between which appear black and orange peyote; feather section is below with diagonal banding with same peyote colors burgundy, green, and black with bands at bottom.

Curatorial Remarks

Gourd stitch or Comanche stitch used to weave the beads on the handle.

Tags: Native American Church, leather fringe, beaded handle, Macaw Feather, peyote fan, feathers
People: Sac & Fox, Joseph Rice
Places: Oklahoma
Purpose: peyote meeting

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

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Macaw feather peyote fan with beaded handle
Joseph Rice (Artist)
Native American; Sac & Fox
feather (macaw), wood, metal, glass, plastic
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Purchased with funds from Phillips Petroleum Grant
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Previous Number(s): 
TL1998.12.3; 84.2950 a-b
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