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White Americans at the turn of the 20th century went to great lengths to force Native peoples to assimilate and conform to Western culture. Interestingly, non-Natives in the same period also sought out romantic and exotic ways to interact with Native American culture. Tourism became a thriving industry as many Native people successfully marketed their ethnicity to an eager white audience. Native people producing beadwork for the tourist trade often combined traditional techniques with modern designs and symbols to appeal to their customers. A Tuscarora made this beaded pin cushion for a flourishing tourist trade.


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Niagara Falls pin cushion

creator   Tuscarora
date   c. 1889
location   Niagara Falls
height   4.5"
width   4.5"
depth   1.5"
process/materials   cloth, beads
item type   Tools/Textile working Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1998.09.02

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Tuscarora beadwork sellers

Niagara Falls needle case

Beaded Bag

Beaded Horseshoe Souvenir

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