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Sioux Beaded Hide Umbilical Fetish c. 1890

Sioux Beaded Hide Umbilical Fetish c. 1890

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1900: Item # 652383

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8.5" long x 3.25" wide. Provenance: From the collection of Dr. Mary Mckee, Philadelphia, an agency physician for the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the 1890s to her retirement in 1930. Dr. Mckee graduated from the Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia. After experiencing difficult setting up a private practice in her home town, due to a resistance to women doctors, she joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She served in N. Dakota with the Mandan and later in the Southwest, working with Navajo and the Hopi.