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Maroon suede altar cloth with navy backed taffeta and gold embroidery / Unknown

Essay/Description

Embroidered "American Indian Religion" with gold metallic thread and backed with white pebble cloth for embroidery. Machine stitched with gold metallic fringe around entire border.

Curatorial Remarks

Altar cloth were used in the Southern Plains primarily by the Kiowa during peyote meeting. The cloth was most likely placed on the altar and possibly put the father peyote on top the cloth.

Tags: Native American Church, altar, cloth, gold fringe, blue cloth, red cloth, embroidered
People: Harding Big Bow, Kiowa
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: peyote meeting

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

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Title(s): 
Maroon suede altar cloth with navy backed taffeta and gold embroidery
Creator(s): 
Unknown;
Harding Big Bow (Artist)
Culture: 
Native American; Kiowa (user)
Date: 
20th century
Place: 
Oklahoma
Materials/Techniques: 
cloth, cotton
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Pearl Big Bow
Accession No: 
99.257
Department: 
Not On View

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