The Native American Church combines elements of traditional tribal religions and Christianity. Developed during the 1890s, this religious movement continues to be an important force in the lives of many Plains Indian people.
This intricate Northern Cheyenne ceremonial fan-shaped pin with blue, black, and white beads, and leather, ca. 1950, would have been worn to a Native American Church meeting. Other objects used in such gatherings included decorated fans, rattles, staffs, and hand-carved, painted boxes used to carry the accoutrements.
Beaded pin. Anne Black Collection. NA.502.47.4