© Todd Yellow Cloud Augusta

Baby bonnet, 1991

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This whimsical bonnet both upholds and defies tradition. While honoring Native women’s talent for beautifying everyday objects, the artist breaks down barriers by employing a woman’s art form, beading, to depict people and animals, representational imagery usually associated with men. One side of the bonnet shows a young man wearing his courting blanket, holding a fan, and leading horses. The horses are a gift to the young lady beaded on the bonnet’s other side. She appears to have finished her domestic chores and be awaiting his arrival; near her are a bucket and a rack of meat drying. The colors reflect the artist’s taste and the wide variety of bead colors available in the 1990s.

Details
Title
Baby bonnet
Artist Life
(Oglala Lakȟóta)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
91.93
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© Todd Yellow Cloud Augusta

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