Hollow Horn Bear
Hollow Horn Bear, born in March 1850, was a Brulé Lakota leader who fought in several wars before serving as a public safety officer and an advocate for his people. He died in Washington, D.C., in March 1913, after contacting pneumonia there. Photo: Harris & Ewing / Library of Congress
Museum returns shirt worn by Lakota leader Hollow Horn Bear
Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Weltkulturen Museum in Germany will be holding a press conference next week to discuss the return of a leather shirt worn by Lakota leader Hollow Horn Bear.

According to the museum, the shirt was returned on June 12 to Chief Duane Hollow Horn Bear, a great-grandson and traditional successor of the Lakota leader. A post on social media celebrated the exchange.

“History has been made today. My dad finally was able to bring Chief Hollow Horn Bear shirt home,” daughter Michelle Traversie wrote on that day.

Traversie shared a photo of the shirt, along with a historic photo of Hollow Horn Bear wearing the shirt. The item is being cared for on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

“Proud moments today for our Aske Tiospaye,” Traversie wrote in reference to her family’s Lakota clan.

According to the museum, additional details about the return of the shirt will be released in the coming days. A press conference is set to take place on July 8.

“Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture and Science for the City of Frankfurt/Main Dr. Ina Hartwig, Director of the Weltkulturen Museum Dr. Eva Ch. Raabe, Consul General of the U.S. Consulate Frankfurt am Main Patricia Lacina and Dr. Mona Suhrbier, curator of the Americas Collection of the Weltkulturen Museum, report on this extraordinary and transnational collaboration,” a notice from the museum states.

The press conference will be streamed lived on Instagram. It is scheduled to take place at 11am Frankfurt time.