Basket

Basket

Unrecorded maker

Pre-1960

Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation

On loan from the Moore Rattray Dainard family

This basket was made by a member of the Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation and gifted to the Moore Rattray family in the 1950s or earlier. Its beauty and function have been treasured for two generations and it will continue to be passed down in our family.

“Iktomi”

“Iktomi”

Paula Ducharme

2023

Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation

On loan from Paula Ducharme

Iktomi, a prominent figure in Lakota folklore, embodies the essence of the trickster spirit. His manifestations vary, sometimes appearing as a spider, while other times assuming the guise of a man adorned in vibrant red, yellow, white, and black attire, along with intricate face paint. Often depicted as a trickster or clown, Iktomi’s character reveals profound cunning and slyness. According to some narratives, he is believed to be the spirit Skan, associated with the sky and recognized as the firstborn son of Inyan. While Iktomi is neither inherently good nor bad, his spirit serves as a valuable example akin to that of a teacher.

Wolf Willow Seed Necklace

Wolf Willow Seed Necklace

Dorothy Francis

Mid-1900s

Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation

H4-0-429

This necklace, made by Dorothy Francis of the Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation, was donated to the Manitoba Museum in 1980 by Nan Shipley, to whom Dorothy gifted it directly.