The Ostuw collection features Crow, Blackfeet and Sioux shirts, all brain tanned with one repurposed Canadian mounted police jacket. Of note is the complete outfit - shirt, leggings, and blanket belonging to "Lone Star" Deitz, a Hidatsa war shirt worn by Tom Hawk, and a Blackfeet Jacket belonging to "Fine Bull." These shirts are decorated with beads strips, silk ribbons, and drops made of ermine and horsehair.
Knives and Sheaths
Joel Ostuw was an avid collector of both the representative and the unusual. The knives and sheaths include trade, frontier, and native-made pieces. Prior to the “white man” the steel knife was unknown. Once available they were a highly desired trade item. Some were repurposed household knives, others were made from a steel file, and some were made specifically for trade with the natives. Many of the sheaths were utilitarian while others were highly decorative using beads or quills. The Crow on the other hand favored a heavier sheath/belt made of harness leather and adorned with brass tacks. All the knives and sheaths in the collection are from mid 19th century through the early 20th century.
The Ostuw Collection also features both Plains and Eastern artifacts from, the last half of the 19th century including hide pictorials, hair pieces, pipe bags, moccasins, headdresses, horse gear, bow and quivers, and rifles and scabbards.