Native American


Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Achomawi
Place: California
Media: Beads and cotton thread
Dims: 41.75 x 3.5 in.
Date: c. 1900
RTC No: NA0552
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


This symbolizes wealth and is worn with great honor. A yellow and a black bead are the signature from the artist. The artist is unknown, but the work remains a beautiful status symbol. This piece is sentimental to me because the sash pattern distinctively reminded me of my mother’s sash. She received hers as a gift from Alfred Bush, who is my grandfather’s adopted dad. She wears it during our Feast Days. —Aurora Escobedo (Tesuque Pueblo), Hands-On Curator, 2019.

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