Blackfeet Beaded Hide Dress, Collected by U.S. Special Agent Johnson N. High (1842-1909)

thread-sewn; yoke beaded using colors of white, black, and pony trader blue; skirt is decorated with two strips of red wool and larger faceted black, white, and amber beads; additional charms, such as a thimble, brass bells, beaded pouch, and bundle of fur, are placed throughout
length 48 in x chest width 31 in.
third quarter 19th century 

Johnson N. High (1842-1909) was born in Richland, Ohio and died in Partridge, Kansas. After serving in the Civil War, he was appointed as a US Special Agent for the Bannock and Shoshone Indians on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho Territory in 1870. Around the same time, he adopted a Paiute child named Lena Rivers High. Lena died of pneumonia at Blackfoot, Idaho in 1885. Eventually High retired from service and moved back east.

Provenance:Collected by U.S. Special Agent Johnson N. High (1842-1909); descended through the family

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
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