It's obvious that this was a piece intended to be sold. In that regard, it's not genuine. It was never worn during a ceremony, for example. That being said the condition is quite good, and it still shows off the craftsmanship and style.
- Fact 1: Before the arrival of European explorers and glass beads, most Sioux beadwork was created from dyed sections of porcupine quill.
- Fact 2: Sioux beadwork has distinct motifs and techniques, making it easily distinguishable from the work of other nations.
- Fact 3: The Great Sioux Nation is divided into three tribes: the Yankton/Western Dakota, Santee/Eastern Dakota, and Teton/Lakota.
- Fact 4: The Sioux, under the leadership of Red Cloud and later Sitting Bull, fought US forces in the Great Sioux War of 1876 (including the Battle of Little Bighorn).
- Fact 5: The Sioux nation now consists of more than 150,000 people in 25 reservations scattered across the northern Midwest of the US.