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Photo, Print, Drawing Phil Harris, horsehair braider, Deer Lodge, Montana

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  • Phil Harris, horsehair braider, Deer Lodge, Montana


  • Toelken, Barre, 1935- (Collector)
  • Crummett, Michael, 1948- (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • Deer Lodge, Montana, August 28, 1979


  • -  Braid
  • -  Horsehair
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- Montana -- Deer Lodge


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography


  • -  Index data: Image numbers, descriptions: Phil Harris, horsehair braider, at the Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, MT: 1, Phil Harris coming in from Montana State Prison Ranch corrals, gateway decorated with cow skull; 2-7, Phil Harris demonstrating techniques used to make a horsehair belt, tying 800-plus half-hitches to the inch; 8, fieldworker Barre Toelken (on bed) interviewing Phil Harris; 9-11, strands of horsehair that have been dyed, and two horsehair hatbands that are partially complete; 12, the homemade press that flattens the cylindrical final product of horsehair braiding into a smooth, glossy band; 13, Phil Harris shows how he will finish off the hatband; 14-19, horsehair belts with leather work on the ends, made by Phil Harris.


  • 35 mm color slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1981/005: MT9-MC38

Source Collection

  • Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)


  • American Folklife Center

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Credit line: Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Toelken, Barre, and Michael Crummett. Phil Harris, horsehair braider, Deer Lodge, Montana. United States Montana Deer Lodge, 1979. Deer Lodge, Montana. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Toelken, B. & Crummett, M. (1979) Phil Harris, horsehair braider, Deer Lodge, Montana. United States Montana Deer Lodge, 1979. Deer Lodge, Montana. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Toelken, Barre, and Michael Crummett. Phil Harris, horsehair braider, Deer Lodge, Montana. Deer Lodge, Montana. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.