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Monday, November 30, 1998 Published at 17:09 GMT


Sioux set to reclaim ghost shirt

The shirt arrived in Scotland with a wild west show

A native American Indian "ghost shirt" is set to be sent back to its tribe from a Glasgow museum.

The move follow a campaign by members of the Lakota Sioux tribe.

[ image: The shirt has been in Glasgow for more than a century]
The shirt has been in Glasgow for more than a century
They won the support of a Glasgow City Council committee on Thursday. Now the recommendation to return it is likely to be supported by a meeting of the full council.

The shirt is believed to have been taken from a fallen warrior at the 1890 Battle of Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

The shirt and other artefacts arrived in Glasgow in 1891 with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West travelling show.

It was given to the city's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum a year later and has been there ever since.

[ image: Marcella Le Beau: Tears of joy]
Marcella Le Beau: Tears of joy
One campaigner, Marcella Le Beau, secretary of the The Wounded Knee Association, was moved to tears by the recommendation to repatriate the shirt.

"Its like a great thanksgiving," she said.

"We appreciate the friendliness and the overwhelming support from the city of Glasgow and its surrounding areas."

John Earl, an American visitor who discovered the shirt in the Glasgow museum in 1991 said: "This has been a long journey which has finally come to a conclusion and we are thankful for the decision."

[ image: The musuem also owns Sioux shoes]
The musuem also owns Sioux shoes
The shirt carries huge cultural and emotional significance for the Sioux. It was worn by followers of the ghost dance cult.

The Sioux began performing the ghost dance in 1890 after large herds of buffalo had been killed off.

They believed this magical dance would bring back the buffalo and eliminate their white enemies.

But white Americans became frightened of the ghost dance and demanded protection, leading to the Wounded Knee.

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