Finger Woven Sash

Seminole Tribe of Florida


c. 1840

Yarn, beads

Length: 146 in. (370.8 cm)

Width: 4 in. (10.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Stephen A. Lister, Class of 1963



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact

Research Area

Native American

Not on view


A Seminole woman made this intricate finger woven sash from European beads acquired through complex trade networks with white settler communities. Created just before Leutze painted Washington Crossing the Delaware, both sash and painting reflect international relationships. The Seminole woman used European trade beads to make this bag in her Seminole homeland. This is the opposite of Leutze, who painted a US scene while living in Europe.

After the American Revolution, the newly formed US Government refused to recognize the sovereignty of tribal nations, including the Florida Seminole. The US Army attempted, but ultimately failed, to forcibly remove the Florida Seminole from their unceded homelands.

From the 2022 exhibition Historical Imaginary, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

Film Studies 42.23, Travelers and Tourists, Heidi Denzel, Spring 2023

History 63.02, Reading Artifacts: The Material Culture of Science, Whitney Barlow Robles, Spring 2023

Exhibition History

Historical Imaginary, Luise and Morton Kaish Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 7-November 12, 2023.

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