Blue Beaded Flower and Quill Barrette

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Blue beaded flower with porcupine quills. Hand beaded Native American made.

Before the Europeans and traders arrived in the Great Lakes the Native American people used quill work to decorate moccasins and other objects. They would sometimes dye the quills to make them different colors. When doing quill work first the quills must be cleaned then sorted by length and trimmed. Sometimes they would moisten the quills to flatten them.