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    Case No. RMW-002

    Missing Artifacts from the Wisconsin Historical Society

    (Episode: Madison Hour 2)

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    • Beaded pouch, Blackfoot (front)
      Beaded pouch, Blackfoot (front)
      Beaded leather pouch and beaded leather strap. Pouch beaded on both sides with yellow, green, blue, and red beads. Strap decorated with white, blue, and yellow beads. Pouch is 6" x 9". Said to be Blackfoot. Bought by donor at Glacier Park in 1924. Gift of Elsa Fauerbach, 1961.

    • Beaded pouch, Blackfoot (back)
      Beaded pouch, Blackfoot (back)
      Beaded leather pouch and beaded leather strap. Pouch beaded on both sides with yellow, green, blue, and red beads. Strap decorated with white, blue, and yellow beads. Pouch is 6" x 9". Said to be Blackfoot. Bought by donor at Glacier Park in 1924. Gift of Elsa Fauerbach, 1961.

    • Pipe stem, Chippewa (Ojibwe)
      Pipe stem, Chippewa (Ojibwe)
      Wood stem, 19" long. Carved sheep's head, turtle, and elk's head near bowl. Bands of mallard feathers and quillwork and horsehair on stem. Originally in Heye Foundation Collection. Pipe is said to be Ojibwa of Sioux origin. Note: Pipe bowl remains in W.H.S. Museum collection. Gift of Michael Kosenski, 1961.

    • Female Indian doll
      Female Indian doll
      Doll 15" long. Cloth body. Face buckskin. Coarse hair, long braids tied with buckskin. Beaded eyes, nose, and mouth, colored cheeks. Two long strands of beads around neck. Heavily beaded blue and white strip forms arms and top of waist. Fringe of buckskin at ends of strip. Beaded band as belt. Beads on long skirt, fringe at bottom. Beaded strip on legs, beaded moccasins. Gift of Mrs. Edith M. West, 1943.  

    • Moccasins, Dakota Sioux
      Moccasins, Dakota Sioux
      Pair of moccasins, red, white, blue on blue beadwork. 10.25" long. Purchased from a trader about 1880. Gift of Robert B. Lang, 1919.

    • Catlinite pipe with lead inlay
      Catlinite pipe with lead inlay
      Leaded catlinite peace pipe, l6.5" long, 3.5" high, from Craw Creek, Dakota. Presented to Dr. Louis Falge of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Chief Yellow Hand. Henry Hamilton purchased from Falge. 14 oz. Gift of Henry Pierpoint Hamilton, 1919.

    • Men's buckskin shirt, Crow
      Men's buckskin shirt, Crow
      State Historical Society of Wisconsin. State Museum Native American Collection.

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      Scalp
      State Historical Society of Wisconsin. State Museum Native American Collection.

    Date of Incident Artifacts discovered missing in September, 2000
    Owner Wisconsin Historical Society
    Location Wisconsin Historical Society facilities in Madison, Wisconsin
    Missing Over 400 artifacts, most from the Native American Ethnographic Collection
    Status 35 items were returned to the society as a result of the criminal investigation against former curator, David Wooley. Hundreds of artifacts remain at large.
    Case Summary In the fall of 2000, the Wisconsin Historical Society made a shocking discovery: hundreds of artifacts from their collection had been taken, and one of their own ex-staff members was a primary suspect. In October 2001, former WHS curator, David Wooley, plead guilty to 14 counts of felony theft and 3 counts of failing to file a state tax return. Hundreds of artifacts remain at large.
    Resources Online: Wisconsin Historical Society Native American Object Recovery Effort
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