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Plains Indian Artifacts Exhibit

The Plains Indian Artifacts Exhibit showcases over 450 rare historic and culturally significant items in a visually pleasing display. In addition to the quilled clothing, headdress, and moccasins shown below, the collection includes

  • tools, weaponry
  • dolls, children's toys, clothing
  • 1898 photos of Sioux Indians
  • beadwork
  • 1880's saddle blanket with 250,000 beads!

Comments from recent visitors include:

  • “Incredible display!” (Crofton, NE)
  • “Proud of the Sioux!!” (Seattle, WA)
  • “Very tastefully displayed. Nicest collection we’ve seen or know of.” (Clarks, NE)
  • “Left us speechless.” (Souderton, PA)
  • “Great! & enjoyed the music too.” (Escondido, CA)
  • “A complete wonderful new world.” (Ireland)
  • “I'm glad I got to see this!” (Perry, OK)
Quilled clothing is beautifully decorated with porcupine quills that were first dyed with extracts from natural herbs and roots, then flattened with their teeth and woven into the design.
Headdress of turkey feathers and vest. Left: 1800's Sioux beaded bag.
Beaded women's moccasins from the Sioux Lower Brule tribe are sinew-sewn on buffalo hide.


Contact: info@freemanmuseum.org.