Apache Cradleboard

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Apache Cradleboard

Circa 1900

Height – 19″   Width at top – 8 1/4″

Bent willow stick forming the frame with wooden slats in the back. Hide covers frame. Sunshade is made up of very thin stick/reeds and covered with cloth. Rip in the top of cloth. Inside is a cloth doll (no facial features)and wrapped in a cotton trade blanket.

$450.00

6. Seri Wood Santo Collected by William Neil Smith

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Seri Wood Santo Collected by William Neil Smith

Collected around 1950

Length – 5 3/4″    Width – 2 1/16″

Santos when worn around the neck protected the wearer from illness. When tied to the doorway, it prevented illness, evil and death from entering the house.

From the collection of Anthropologist William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith, Jr. who was born in 1920 in New York City and moved to Tucson, Arizona at age fourteen. He attended the University of Arizona from 1939-42 and 1946-48, studying under Byron Cummings and Edward Spicer. From 1945-1967, Smith made many extended ethnographical field trips to Sonora, Mexico, to study the Seri Indians at Desemboque and Tiburon Island. His research included lifestyle, customs, language, genealogy, kinship, and cultural changes due to the influence of outsiders. Smith’s personal Seri Indian collection was assembled while doing his fieldwork. The collection consists of over 700 objects covering all aspects of Seri life. Most of the objects were collected from 1947-1951. University of Arizona Special collections holds 24 linear feet on Smith’s archives and photography.  I bought the entire collection nearly 15 years ago and am now selling off some of items that I kept from the collection.

$550.00

 

 

 

 

Three Plains Indian Shell and Bead Necklace

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Three Plateau/Plains Dentalium Shell and Beaded Necklace

Circa

  1. Length – 11″ made of glass trade beads, dentalium shells and a large mother of pearl shell
  2. Length – 17″ made of dentalium shells, Russian cobalt(some faceted) glass trade beads and some semi translucent glass or quartz beads
  3. Length – 14″made of glass trade beaded, dentalium shell and small oval shell with hole at the bottom

 

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Collected by Rev. William Smith Simpson-Atmore (1863-1943). Missionary in Arizona Territory. Artifacts were donated to the Washington Public library in 1964 by Mrs. Emily Powis Simpson-Atmore, the widow of Rev. William Simpson-Atmore. Although the Rev. spent most of his time in the SW- Arizona and New Mexico, these necklaces ended up in his collection. They were primarily worn in California and the Pacific Northwest.

 

$450.00

 

 

 

 

 

Aluetian Bag

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Aluetian Bag

Aluetian Bag

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Aleutian Bag

Plains Painted Drum

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Eastern Plains/Prairie Indian painted hide drum.

Circa 1900

Dimeter – 9 to 10″    Depth – 2 1/4

Most likely from the Kansa People – which included Kickapoo/Sac and Fox and Prairie Band of Potawatomie in the northeast corner of Kansas.

Hide stretched over a band bend wood. Design is partially faded, but depicts a human.

$950.00

9. New Mexican Wood Bulto

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New Mexican wood bulto

Height – 21″

Carved by Jose Mondragon of Chimayo, New Mexico (1931-1989)

$750.00

3. Rare Pair of Large Seri Indian Dolls From the collection of Anthropologist William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith, Jr.

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Rare Pair of Large Seri Indian Dolls

Height – Male – 26″     Female – 15″

Collected in the late 40’s by William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith. One of the most famous early adventurers in to Seri Land which is north Bahia Kino in Sonora, Mexico. These coastal people lived in a very hostile desert area on the Sea of Cortez and on Isla Tiburon (Shark Island). These dolls were made by the women for their children.  Supposedly the 2nd largest collection that exists. Over the years, I have had to break up the collection. These two dolls (on custom mounts) are the best of the collection. They are wearing early cotton clothing and have shell necklaces.

From the collection of Anthropologist William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith, Jr. who was born in 1920 in New York City and moved to Tucson, Arizona at age fourteen. He attended the University of Arizona from 1939-42 and 1946-48, studying under Byron Cummings and Edward Spicer. From 1945-1967, Smith made many extended ethnographical field trips to Sonora, Mexico, to study the Seri Indians at Desemboque and Tiburon Island. His research included lifestyle, customs, language, genealogy, kinship, and cultural changes due to the influence of outsiders. Smith’s personal Seri Indian collection was assembled while doing his fieldwork. The collection consists of over 700 objects covering all aspects of Seri life. Most of the objects were collected from 1947-1951. University of Arizona Special collections holds 24 linear feet on Smith’s archives and photography.  I bought the entire collection nearly 15 years ago and am now selling off some of items that I kept from the collection

$2500.00

5. Early Yurok Pestle

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Early Yurok Stone Pestle

19th Cent.

Height – 6 1/2″  Width at base- 3 1/2″

 

From collection of John Dewar

He was the Curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and the Southwest Museum. He was born in Pasadena, CA and graduated from the College of Mexico City in the early 30’s and then moved back to the Los Angeles area to begin his job as curator. He also traveled to the Hopi Pueblos and over to the Santa Fe area in 1934 and then up the coast of N. California around 1935. Most of the items he collected there were Yurok, although most of his ethnographic collection was given to the Southwest Museum in 1941. After he retired he moved to Patagonia, Arizona until he passed away in 2004. I bought his estate just this past year.

$2200.00