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- Winter Count
Calico cloth reproduction of pictographic records of tribal events.
- Found/Acquired: USA
- (Americas,North America,United States of America)
- Width: 90 centimetres
- Length: 112 centimetres
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).
Not on display
1999-2008 25 June-October, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The American West"
6 December 1996
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ENA11388
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