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American westward expansion and settlement continued to devastate Native societies and economies at the turn of the 20th century. Meanwhile, Americans often romantically viewed Native American people as though they were a vanished race, part of the primitive past. This romantic view of Native people often co-existed with Americans' growing fascination with "natural," or "untamed" landscapes. Buying Native made crafts at Niagara provided tourists the opportunity to connect with nature and Native culture. More or less restricted to meeting the desires and tastes of its customers, this limited interaction did little to communicate the richness and autonomy of Native culture to non-Native consumers.


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Niagara Falls needle case

creator   Tuscarora
date   c. 1889
location   Niagara Falls
width   4.5"
depth   1.0"
height   3.5"
process/materials   cloth, beads
item type   Tools/Textile working Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1998.09.03

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See Also...

Tuscarora beadwork sellers

Niagara Falls pin cushion

Beaded Bag

Beaded Horseshoe Souvenir

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