Crow Teepee of Twenty Five Buffalo Skins, 1832-33. By George Catlin.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

Portrait of Chief Two Guns White Calf, 1950. By Roy Pinrey.
© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

Daughters of Kiowa chief, Big Tree, mid 19th century. [Source unknown]

North America

Great Plains

Quill working has a long and rich history on the Plains, especially among the Sioux. For the Teton Sioux, if the spirit of Double Woman appeared to a woman in a dream, it meant that the dreamer was blessed with the gift of quilling. Quillwork can be done in myriad ways. Continuous rows of solid quilling can be achieved by creating two parallel lines of stitches that secure folded quills.