- Museum number
Dance or medicine spear made of iron, wire, wood, skin (beaver), feathers, horse hair. The item is wrapped in two types of fur. A bunch of short red feathers hangs in the middle of the shaft. A horse tail lock is tied to the bottom end.
Length: 26 centimetres (of blade)
Length: 14.50 centimetres (of hanging feathers)
Length: 38 centimetres (of tail)
Length: 128 centimetres
Width: 4 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Similar lances appear in McClintock's photographs of Blackfeet society members. It closely resembles the dance wand carried by the Brave Dogs society. (Max Carocci 7/11/2008)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 1 May-15 Sept, Lethbridge, Alberta, Sir Alexander Galt Museum & Archive, Ancestors-Akaitapiiwa
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
2011 17 Jun-25 Sep, Lotherton Hall, Leeds, Warriors of the Plains
2011 12 Oct-2012 19 Feb, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Warriors of the Plains
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Part of the Freeman Collection, a body of material collected c.1900 on the "Blood Reserve", a Kainai reservation in Alberta, by Frederick and Maude Deane-Freeman. Frederick was a government official charged with distributing rations to the Native families, and knew the people he and his wife collected the material from by name. Most of the collection was purchased by the British Museum in 1903 with assistance from Dr. Robert Bell and Lord Minto.
This object, a ceremonial club (Am1903,-.80) and a feathered dance shield (Am1903,-.93) were originally owned by Peace Maker, a man from the band of Kainai known as All Black Faces.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1903C3.92 (old CDMS no.)