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Northern Plains Dew Claw Rattle and Stone Dance Club From Monroe Killy (1910-2010) Collection
9/25/2015 - American Indian: Live Salesroom Auction
lot of 2, includes a sinew-sewn hide rattle with 17 carved dew claws fastened using hide thongs; strip of beadwork executed in pea green, light blue, dark blue, and white; beaded triangular drop hangs from end of rattle; Sullen inked on hide just above drop, overall length 24.5 in.; AND a stone dance club with carved head detailed with yellow pigment and a cloth wrapped handle embellished with beadwork and hide fringe, length 22 in.
ca 1900

Monroe P. Killy (1910-2010)

Monroe P. Killy was born in Minneapolis, MN. His passion for anthropology began when, as a teenager, he built an Indian encampment in the back yard of his father’s photography studio. Killy’s keen interest in all things Indian led him to dedicate his life to learning about and understanding Native American culture. He is respected for the fine quality and exquisite detail of his photographs and films documenting Indian life and culture.

Throughout his life Killy worked primarily for Eastman Kodak in Minneapolis, first as a sales person and then as a manager. Killy’s avocation, studying Indians, prompted him to found the Minnesota Archaeological Society, where he was considered to be one of the most influential collectors in Minnesota. His collection grew as he purchased artifacts directly—either from the original owners or from Indian artisans. Today, Killy’s photographs, films, and portions of his collection are housed at the Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.


Provenance:  
Property of a Minnesota Collector; Ex Monroe Killy (1910-2010) Collection


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