Contact Us | Press Room   

Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number 02719
Object Name Fan
Collection Kate McClendon
Tribe Choctaw
Description Fan, made of turkey feathers and colored by Mrs. A.J. Harkins (mother of donor)
Dimensions L-19 inches
Material turkey feathers
Provenance from file: "This fan was made by Mrs. A.J. Harkins of Atoka, Oklahoma, and loaned by Mrs. J.W. McClendon, McAlester, Oklahoma. Mrs. Harkins was a Choctaw woman with a very artistic talent. She liked to paint, although she had taken no lessons and she liked to make things out of clay and made very attractive things for her daughter, their only child. She saved the wings of several turkeys until she had enough to make a symmetrical fan. The black feathers she left as they were but the white in these feathers she painted different colors. It made a very artistic fan. Her daughter, Mrs. Kate Harkins McClendon cherished this among the many things her mother had made for her. When she decided to let me have some things for the museum. She said "these precious things that my mother made for me, that might as well go to the museum as they will be cared for under your supervision. The Harkins family are not only my friends but are closely related to my own family, and as a rule they take pride in helping me to collect and preserve articles near and dear to those families."
People McClendon, Kate
Search Terms American Indian
Native American
ceremonial
fan
turkey
feathers
Category Native American Ceremonial