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    Choker Necklace

    In general, a choker necklace is any necklace worn in a snug fit around the neck. Among many tribes who straight dance, the choker necklace can be divided into four main categories. I have tried to include examples from the past in each category. In some cases, a photo might show more than one style of choker necklace worn at the same time.

    1. A single strand of large glass trade beads, sometimes with a single shell disc in the center.





    Youngest Pony - Pawnee - 1868


    Behind The One Who Strikes First - Pawnee - 1868


    Eagle Chief - Pawnee - 1905


    Standing Bear - Ponca - 1881


    Medicine Horse - Otoe - 1869


    James Whitewater - Otoe - 1891


    Baptiste Deroin - Omaha/Otoe/French - 1880


    Bright Eye - Omaha - 1883


    Bacon Rind – Osage – 1916




    2. Three to four rows of glass, silver or brass trade beads, strung alone or with small bone hairpipes spaced at regular intervals, and held together by leather spacers to keep the rows even.







    White Horse - Pawnee - 1868


    Big Snake - Ponca - 1877


    Big Elk - Ponca - 1877


    Yellow Horse - Ponca - 1906


    Makes A Noise - Otoe - 1884


    White Horse - Otoe - 1895


    Brother of John Pipestem with wife - Otoe - 1906


    It Is Him - Otoe - 1907


    Red Bear - Otoe - 1908


    Chas Baddle - Omaha/Otoe - 1898


    Cannot Do It - Sauk & Fox - 1890


    Picking Up Something - Sauk & Fox - 1896


    Osage man - 1875


    Ne-kah-ka-lah – Osage – 1893


    Frank Corndropper and Paul Buffalo - Osage - 1895


    Red Eagle – Osage – 1908




    3. As many as ten horizontal rows of dentalium shells strung between spacers of leather.





    Horse Chief - Ponca - 1906


    Ponca men - no date




    4. A narrow band of “side-stitched” beadwork made of a horsehair woven network of size 13/0 glass seed beads. These can be seen in many old photos, and at first glance, give the false appearance of being made by the loom beaded method.







    Pawnee man - 1867


    The Sun Coming In - Pawnee - 1868


    Pawnee men - 1868


    Long Dog - Pawnee - 1868


    Driving A Herd - Pawnee - 1868


    Big Spotted Horse - Pawnee - 1875


    Sun Chief - Pawnee - no date


    Standing Bear - Ponca - 1877


    Hairy Grizzly Bear - Ponca - 1877


    Black Crow - Ponca - 1877


    Standing Bear - Ponca - 1881


    Little Pipe - Otoe - 1869


    Crawfish Maker - Otoe - 1880


    Standing Eating - Otoe - 1884


    Far Away - Otoe - 1884


    Prairie Turtle - Otoe - 1894


    Bushy Tail - Otoe - 1894


    James Arkeketah - Otoe - no date


    Deer Thigh – Iowa – 1869


    Omaha men - 1875


    The Buck - Omaha - 1883


    Omaha men - 1907


    Little Village Maker - Omaha - 1909


    Eye of the People - Omaha - 1909


    Standing Bear - Omaha - 1909


    Sauk & Fox man - circa 1880


    Hard Thinker - Sauk & Fox - 1896



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