two otter hide tubes with hide tassels and long beaded and hide-detailed pendants; cross-body shoulder strap of red and blue felt with blue and white beads and bells; geometric beading in mostly triangular shapes

Bow Case and Quiver, c. 1885

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Highly decorated bowcase and quiver sets were worn by men of high status among the Apsaalooka. Composed of otter skin and large beaded panels, this type of object is included among other prestigious accoutrements such as shields and feathered headdresses, which also marked a man's honor and importance in his community. Explorers who met the Apsaalooka in the 1830s wrote that only very well-dressed men owned an elaborately ornamented bowcase and quiver set.

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Porcelain Plate w. Eagle & Fort Snelling (#569)
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Title
Bow Case and Quiver
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Accession Number
2004.1
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two otter hide tubes with hide tassels and long beaded and hide-detailed pendants; cross-body shoulder strap of red and blue felt with blue and white beads and bells; geometric beading in mostly triangular shapes