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Todd Walterspaugh

The Ghost Dance era was a short but very meningful span of the Plains Indians which devleoped around 1860 and reached it's peak around 1890. The Massacare at Wounded Knee was a direct result of the Sioux Ghost Dance. Chief Sitting Bull was arrested on December 15, 1890 for refusing to stop his people from participating in the Ghost Dance. Shortly there after on December 29,1890 the Massaacre at Wounded Knee Creek took place.

This Sioux "Ghost Dance" Sash is approx circa 1888-1892. Seed Beaded Geometrical & Humman Figural design. The humean Figural were typically seen on beaded Ghost Dance era designs. One of our favorite Native American Beadworks in our collection!

Todd Walterspaugh
  • 500 Nations

This is a 4 disc set broken into 8 episodes and narrated by Kevin Costner.
Everything from:  Early Cultures of North America - The Rise and fall of the Aztecs - Iroquios Democracy and the American revolution to the Struggle for the West.

  • Black Robe

 The setting for this movie is the Canadian Wilderness in 1634. Jesuit Priest Father Laforgue is assigned a perilous journey to try and convert the Huron Indians to Christianity. This movie is very well done and quite authentic to what I envision times would have been like in those years. A graphic movie that I wouldn't reccomend watching with children.

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Early 1900's Beaded Sash of the Menominee people. The Menominee originally lived in Northern Michigan before migrating into Wisconsin. The Menominee were of Algonquian lineage. Typical designs of the Menominee on beaded items include: Leaves, Flowers and Birds.

Todd Walterspaugh

This colorful Kiowa Indian Hair drop is circa1900. Porcupine Quills were primarily used to decorate this piece with the addition of Tin Cone Drops with Horse hair.

Todd Walterspaugh

This is an amazing work of art! Bandolier Bags were typically made in the Mid to late 1800 to Early 1900's by the Woodlands Indians. This Bandolier Bag is the highlight of our Native American Beaded collection.  It should be noted as well this bag was worn by Chief  Rain In The Face - Lakota Sioux and is signed in very old fountain pen on the back side. Rain In The face killed General George Custer's brother Tom Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn where he cut out Custers heart. 
I have spent years trying to find a picture with the Chief wearing the bag! If anyone can ever help with this task please reply..
 This may have been a gift to the Chief. The beadwork is that of the Chippewa people not typical work of the Sioux people which is done primarily with geometrically design.
 Here are two recommended links. One featuring Bandolier Bags and the other featuring Rain In The Face.


Todd Walterspaugh

Jeni and I both enjoy a good book!  Below are a few books that I have read and would recommend to you for your reading pleasure. These all pertain to the Native American Culture from Non-Fiction to Fiction. Including Pre-Historic and Historic periods.
I'll start the list with my all time favorite series of Books: The First North American Series

This is a great series of books from husband and wife co-authors: W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'neal Gear. Kathleen is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming,  Kansas and Nebraska for the Deartment of the Interior. Michael holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. 
This series started in 1990 and now conatins 16 books:

  • People of the Wolf   "setting is early Paleo 13,000"
  • People of the Fire    "Paleo to Archaic - High Plains Western Rockies"
  • People of the Earth "Plains and Basin region"
  • People of the River  "Mississippian Culture - setting is Cahokia mounds"
  • People of the Sea  "California Native American culture"
  • People of the Lakes  "Hopewell Culture across the Great Lakes region"
  • People of the Lightning  "Early Archaic Florida"
  • People of the Silence  "decline of Chaco empire"
  • People of the Mist  "Algonquin people of the Chesapeake Bay region"
  • People of the Masks  "Iroquois Culture of the Woodland period"
  • People of the Owl  "Poverty Point  Culture"
  • People of the Raven  "fictional account of Kennewick Man"
  • People of the Moon  "collapse of Chaco Empire southern Colorado"
  • People of the Nightland
  • People of the Weeping Eye  "mound-building Culture Moundville Alabama"
  • People of the Thunder

For further information on this series of books here is a link:

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