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A society under this name or its equivalents (Small or Yoing Dogs) was found in many Upper Missouri (Arikara, Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan) and other Plains tribes (Assiniboine, Plains Cree). The Little Dog societies of the Mandan and Hidatsa are equivalent.
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Hairbow Ornament

SKU: 2600.20.01

Reproduction Upper Missouri or Transmontane (Northern Plains & Plateau) style hairbows handcrafted by me in .

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Hairbow Ornament

SKU: 4004.08.01

Reproduction Upper Missouri or Transmontane (Northern Plains & Plateau) style hairbows handcrafted by a prominent American artist and quillworker John Kursch (Earth Lodge) in and further improved by me (I made a new beading and feather ornament on the pins, and replaced an original hairpipe drop with a three-rows dentalium one). Not for sale (unless I would be absolutely compelled by your irresistible offer).

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In addition to the identity of name and the intimate relationship of the two tribes concerned, there were in both organizations (i) a whip, (ii) sacred sashes (of blue or red cloth, which were regarded as an emblem common to all members, or probbaly restricted to four officers), (iii) a feather headdress of raven or owl feathers with an eagle feather in the center, and (iv) a bone whistle as the instrument of all the rank and file. Also Hidatsa Little Dogs wore switches, brushed their hair pompadour-fashion in the center, and cut it short at the sides. Dentallia —or, if such were lacking, bone hairpipes — were tied to the braids, seven wire-wrapped dentallia above, eight below, and a small decorated thong was hanging down beneath.

Small Dogs, Young Dogs

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