dancing male figure with bisected body holding a hoop and rattle

Elk Dreamer's Society Pouch, 1890-1910

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The Lakota had a complex system of societies that were associated with animals, sacred power, and battle exploits. Members of the Elk Dreamer's Society had to have a vision involving elk in order to be a member. Participants usually wore and used items with elk imagery, like this pouch. During their ceremonies, some members wore masks that symbolized elk and carried a decorated hoop. One of the powers that Elk Dreamer's had was the ability to control love.

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Elk Dreamer's Society Pouch
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96.115
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dancing male figure with bisected body holding a hoop and rattle