Violin Case, 1899 Brule Sioux, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota This violin case has the initials “G.S.” beaded onto the front of the case and “GEORGE/SCHMIDT/HORSE/CREEK/DEC/25/1899” in red beadwork on the back of the case. Commercially manufactured wooden violin case. cover: cotton cloth, hide, glass beads This violin case belonged to George Schmidt, a German immigrant who married a Brule Sioux woman and settled among her people in the Horse Creek Community on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His initials G S, are part of the lazy stitch beadwork covering the lid of the case, and his name, address, and the date December 25, 1899, are worked in beadwork on the back of the case. Apparently this was a Christmas present from his wife, and it tells us a lot about their loving relationship and his acceptance by the Native people. The American flag design was most popular in Sioux beadwork at that time. It was adopted as a symbol of courage and power as such it was assimilated into the Native imagery relating to prestige derived from warfare. This extraordinary violin case poignantly captures the merging of Native and Euro-American cultures and is one of the most flamboyant examples of virtuoso
Physical dimensions: 
depth 11 in ; height 31.5 in ; width 16.5 in