Artifacts

Arrow (shot at Brenchley)
ITEM: 114 F
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This arrow, broken in two, has a diamond shaped tip and a wooden shaft with leather whipping. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City (Volume One), written by Jules Remy, and Julius Brenchley, M.A. and published in 1861, documents travel around the United States. The book focuses on the religious Mormon movement but also documents interactions with Native American “Indian” tribes. In a... read more

Gourd
ITEM: 731
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Gourd shaped container made from willow, tree pitch/gum, horsehair, sinew and ochre, all twined together. Covered with brown reddish paint or resinous substance to hold liquid/make waterproof. Wooden stopper covered with leather. It is speculated that the two small loop handles contain human hair and are covered with strips of grass. Containers such as these were carried by women by... read more

Long Moccasins
ITEM: 728
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Black leather with coloured beading decoration.

Mink Pouch
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This beautiful silk lined pipe pouch is ornamented with small glass beads worked in patterns. It is used for carrying tobacco and pipes, suspended from a belt. A mink has been completely hollowed and lined in order to create this pouch. The mink was one of many animals hunted by the Shoshone people. As a part of Shoshone beliefs, the... read more

Suede Moccasin
ITEM: 724 & 725
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A plain, undetailed moccasin. It is said that women made hundreds of moccasins throughout their lives. As shoes became more popular and sold through trade many were made unfinished in order to be worn instantly.

Waterproof Boots
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Knee boots such as these were used for wet conditions and during boating trips. Skin is left tanned as to not remove any natural oils which make the boots waterproof. The bottom portion is made from thick brown leather. Hide was treated with care and respect in order to retain some of the animal’s own abilities (Berlo & Phillips, p.144).... read more