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

 

 

 

 

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

7. Apache Painted Voilin

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Apache painted violin.

Circa 1900

Agave stalk

Length – 10 1/4″

Custom mount

$750.00

 

Yuman / Mohave Painted Bow Circa 1890

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Old Yuman / Mohave Painted Bow.

Circa 1890

Length – 41 1/2″    Width – 1 1/2″

 

The Mohave/Yuman Tribes lived along the Colorado River which separated the Calif./AZ desert.

Custom mount

$950.