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Material Culture of the Plains Indians

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The ethnology collection at PPHM consists of traditional art and material culture from historic American Indian groups of the Panhandle-Plains region and related areas of the Southwest. Beaded objects, textiles, baskets, pottery, and jewelry comprise most of the collection. Rio Grande pottery, West Coast baskets, Southwestern jewelry, and Plains Indian beadwork are particularly well-represented. Much of the collection was obtained between the 1930s-1960s by active collectors for the museum; however we continue to add to our collection to the present day. Our collection is used for public programming, exhibitions, loans, and research. For more information, please contact the Department of Archeology.
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