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Winter Count

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Winter Count
  • Description

    Register 1942:
    Calico cloth reproduction of pictographic records of tribal events.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 90 centimetres
    • Length: 112 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Winter counts on muslin are a late version of historical calendars painted on hide among many Plains tribes. This is one of the many existing versions of a Sioux calendar that often includes different episodes for each year (see also: Candace Green and Russell Thornton (2007) The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian).


  • Bibliography

    • Howard 1979 bibliographic details
    • Carocci 2012 p.25, 42 bibliographic details
    • King 1999 p.266 [detail] bibliographic details
    • Green 1999 p.35 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1999-2008 25 June-October, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The American West"

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    6 December 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Strengthen central split.


    There is an area of weakness in the centre of the textile, with loose yarns lying on the front surface, which may form into a split. The two raw edges are unfinished and fraying. There are creases and folds in the textile from previous folded storage.

    Treatment details

    The weak area at the centre of the textile was strengthened by couching down the loose yarns using silk monofilament thread, dyed using Ciba Geigy Lanaset protein dyes. The raw edges of the cloth were whip stitched also using silk monofilament. The textile was flattened using a humidification procedure with Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate) and glass weights.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Register 1942:  Calico cloth reproduction of pictographic records of tribal events.

Register 1942: Calico cloth reproduction of pictographic records of tribal events.

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