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Stickball breechcloth with red, gold, green, and white felt panels

Essay/Description

A rectangular breechcloth with red felt panels front and back and a gold synthetic cloth panel between (hidden when worn). The panels are decorated with a design composed of four white felt rectangles marking a "square ground" on which four green felt rectangles form a cross symbolic of the fire at the center of a ceremonial ground. A narrow strip of gold trim outlines the edge of the red panel.

Curatorial Remarks

Breech cloth worn for a stickball game. For participation in stickball games, certain objects are worn. A stickball game is a religious event. Certain elements of clothing are required for a participant to play in the game.

Tags: breechcloth, felt
People: Muscogee (Creek), Liza Leader
Places: Southeast, Eastern Oklahoma
Purpose: stickball game, ceremonial events

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

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Title(s): 
Stickball breechcloth with red, gold, green, and white felt panels
Creator(s): 
Liza Leader (Artist)
Culture: 
Native American; Muscogee (Creek)
Date: 
1999
Materials/Techniques: 
wool, cloth
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
95.29
Previous Number(s): 
TL1999.24.1
Department: 
Not On View

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