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Pictured is the back of the Anishinaabe Indian dress on display at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria and recently featured in American Indian Art Magazine. The dress, circa 1930, is of faded red cotton sateen, adorned with dentalium shells, glass beads, metal conches and hand-rolled tin can cones with red printed labeling still visible on the inside. The dress has a mock collar and scalloped peplum with three tiers on the skirt. (Contributed photo by Mark Proudfoot)

Museum's 'tinkle cone dress' is a rarity

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The Runestone Museum in Alexandria has been receiving some national attention lately, and this time it has nothing to do with the famed Kensington Runestone.


The attention focuses on another exhibit - a native American "tinkle cone" dress.

According to Julie Blank, Runestone Museum director, the dress was part of the Dr. Clifford Irwin Oliver collection, which was donated to the museum shortly after it opened in 1958 by Oliver's daughter.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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