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Apache playing cards collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-GAR-025
The collection consists of four playing cards hand painted on skin prepared by the rawhide method and used by the Native American Apache tribe in the Southwest. An exact date for the cards cannot be established, but most likely they were created approximately 1880.

Dates

  • approximately 1880

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located in the John Work Garrett Library at the Evergreen Museum & Library and requires scheduling an appointment to access it. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

1 Cubic Feet (4 cards)

Biographical / Historical

The Apache Indian Tribe designed and created playing cards that were adapted from standard Spanish-Mexican designs. In the second half of the 19th century, Apache tribesmen in the Southwestern United States were known to play a card game based on Monte, a Spanish game of chance. The cards were made of skin and painted with colors similar to those used on Spanish cards.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of four playing cards hand painted on skin prepared by the rawhide method and used by the Native American Apache tribe in the Southwest. An exact date for the cards cannot be established, but most likely they were created approximately 1880.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University from the estate of John Work Garrett. It is likely the collection was purchased by Garrett before 1942.

Related Materials

The collections of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA, include examples of Apache playing cards and other artifacts from native cultures of the Americas.

Processing Information

There is no known processing information for this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the John Work Garrett Library (Evergreen Museum and Library) Repository

Contact:
4545 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218 USA