American Indian Beading Collection

Mike Denney shared his photos of his American Indian Beading Collection with me after seeing my photo with a Sioux Indian tomahawk.


Flowers on White Beading
Flowers on White Beading

Mike says:

This American Indian Beading collection is bead work my family made, and I keep it as part of a collection of Sioux History. This is only one part of the collection. Most all these are made of cut glass beads.


Black White Yellow Beading
Black, White, Yellow Beading

I come from the family Campbell and his wife was a Mdewakanton Sioux and her name is (Wakanhiyayewin) on the 1886-1889 Census Minnesota. And Campbell was half Mdewakanton too and a Scout for the army and was in the army too...Wakanhiyayewin is Theresa Cora Campbell's mother. Wakanhiyayewin is listed here on the 1889 census number 14.

Theresa Cora Campbell Denny
Theresa Cora Campbell Denney

This is my Great-Great Grandmother. Her name was Theresa Cora Campbell Denney. This was my dad's father's mother and my dad's father's name was Hank Denney and my father's name was Harry S. Denney and my name is Michael Denney.


Black Yellow Blue White Beading
Black, Yellow, Blue, White Beading

We are Santee Sioux or Mdewakanton Indians. I was raised around Santee, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa. Our people were run out of Minnesota in the war of 1862.


Blue and White Beads
Blue and White Beads

We were told we could stay by the Goverment but they lied. There were bounties put on our hair...our scalps. Price for one $150.00 dollars to $300.00 dollars as history recalls.


Blue Orange Brown White Beading
Blue, Orange, Brown & White Beading

So a lot of our people ran for their lives and others were forced or transported by any means the government had...by boat, walking, or killed or starved them to death.


Blue Blue Beading
Blue Blue Beading

Well anyway, the Sioux were spread-out over a large area of what is now the Northern States and Canada.


Brown Orange Yellow Beading
Brown Orange Yellow Beading

The Mdewakanton or I should say the loyal Mdewakanton people were promised from the Government to have a place in Minnesota a reservation three areas ofland for the loyal Mdewakanton People to live in peace...but this did not happen.


Brown White Orange Beading
Brown, White & Orange Beading

The government let some other Indians into our land that was for the loyal Mdewakanton people. So this is the story and why I made this website for Indian research on the Mdewakanton, Dakota, Lakota, and Sioux Indians.


Flowers on Blue Beading
Flowers on Blue Beading

And as for the bead work my family made these and I was really proud of the work and the time it took to do this kind of work.


Green Pink White Beading
Green, Pink & White Beading

It is an art to do this great work so I told my family that I wanted all their bead work that they have done that wasn`t sold already to keep in an American Indian Beading collection...and they agreed.


Green White Black Beading
Green White Black Beading

My family is some of the greatest Indian beaders I have seen and I have seen a lot. The Santee Indians are known for their great bead work.


Indian on Horse
Indian on Horse

You need not sign-up for the research site. I allow guests to research or just look around. I go by mdenney at the site.


Lizard Beaded Necklace
Lizard Beaded Necklace

This is my Rock it was found by me In Sioux City Iowa.It has quite the history. I found it in what I and other people called Indian Diggers.


Orange Red Beading Stick
Orange Red Beading Stick

This was a place by my home back then that was being dug-up by big machines and theconstruction outfit found bones there. Yes an Indian graveyard. The digging came to a stop.


Pansy Beading
Pansy Beading

Thats when I found this rock. It has a ring inset in it and was strange so I kept it in my collection to be safe-guarded.


Pink and White Beading
Pink and White Beading

I will say it is a art to do make te pieces in this American Indian Beading collection. These cut glass beads are very hard to work with. They are really small beads.


Purple Black Beading
Purple & Black Beading

Denney family American Indian Beading Collection Dreamcatchers


Dreamcatchers with Black Feathers
Dreamcatcher with Black Feathers


Wolf Dreamcatchers
Wolf Dreamcatchers


Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher

Denny Family American Indian Beading Collection Arrowhead Collection


Denny Family Arrowhead Collection
Denney Family Arrowhead Collection

I found these in and around Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.


Rainbow Beading
Rainbow Beading

Now these four photos from the American Indian Beading collection is a beaded Indian purse and it has over 50.000 beads in it and a lot of my family's hard work. It is made from cut glass beads. It has two pictures on it one on one side and another on the other side of it.


Buffalo Beaded Purse
Buffalo Beaded Purse


Buffalo Beaded Purse Closeup
Buffalo Beaded Purse CAoseup


Indian on Horse Beaded Purse
Indian on Horse Beaded Purse


Indian on Horse Beaded Purse Closeup
Indian on Horse Beaded Purse Closeup

Well....I was vey interested to hear from Mike and am happy to display his family's American Indian Beading collection here on my site.


Flowers on White Beading
Red, Orange, Yellow, White & Black Beading

I grew up in Sioux Agency in Yellow Medicine County in Minnesota near Echo, Granite Falls, and Wood Lake. It was there that part of the Sioux Uprising took place that Denny mentioned.


Rose Colored Beading
Rose Colored Beading



On a farm owned by my cousins, Harold and Arlene Soper, near Wood Lake, there is a large monument for this war.


Sunburst Beading Necklace
Sunburst Beading Necklace

There was a government agency for the Indians not far from my home and today there is a reservation near-by.


White Red Black Beading
White, Red & Black Beading

And my brother, Mike, has found bullets from this uprising on my friend, Muriel Odden's childhood farm.


Red Iris Beading
Red Iris Beading

We have found American Indian artifacts on my childhood farm, where my 87-year-old mother still lives. I used to love roaming our pasture trying to visualize those by-gone days when Indian camped by the creek.


Yellow Red Blue Flower Beading
Yellow Red & Blue Flower Beading

She used to threaten us kids when we were "acting up" that we'd better behave or she'd drop us off at the Indian reservation.

Somehow this endeared me to the Indians....maybe I thought I'd end up there someday!


 Beaded Necklace
Beaded Necklace

Also, one of my favorite teachers in high school was the Indian Chief's wife, Mrs. Blue. She had a way of reaching us teenagers like no other.


Black Blue White Beaded Necklace
Black, Blue & White Beaded Necklace

So to have Mike contact me was like coming full circle...and I'm glad to do something special for Mike and his family.

I think his American Indian Beading Collection is totally awesome!

Read about a 2,000 year old pearl necklace from Iowa here after American Indian Beading Collection.

Learn about the history of Native American beading here.

Visit Michaele Glenn’s interesting website Support Native American Art:A website to increase awareness of the rich diversity of Native American arts and crafts, to help in acquiring these works, and help preserve this unique cultural heritage.


Kari


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