Native American Clothing Photos

Native Americans have created a wide range of decorative clothing items, many of which are found in museums.

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Beaded native beaded vests at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Hair Pipe Breastplate & Buckskin by Oglala Northern Plains Indians at El Pomar Carriage Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.Beaded Oglala headdress & shirt used in 1920s Broadmoor Hotel performances at El Pomar Carriage Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.War shirt at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.
Beaded native beaded vests (c1890-1900) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Hair Pipe Breastplate & Buckskin by Oglala Northern Plains Indians at El Pomar Carriage Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.Beaded Oglala headdress & shirt used in 1920s Broadmoor Hotel performances at El Pomar Carriage Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.War shirt (c1880) at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.
Beaded man's vest at RCMP Heritage Center. Regina, SK.Lakota buckskin beadwork vest & pants at National Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City, OK.Ute beaded vest with flowers at Mesa Verde Museum. CO.Arapaho Indian beaded child's vest at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.
Beaded man's vest (possibly Cree or Métis) at RCMP Heritage Center. Regina, SK.Lakota buckskin beadwork vest & pants (c1885) at National Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City, OK.Ute beaded vest with flowers at Mesa Verde Museum. CO.Arapaho Indian beaded child's vest (c1880) at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.
Lakota male beaded vest at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Sioux beaded vest at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA.Beaded Ute Indian vest in museum of South Park City. Fairplay, CO.Sioux vest decorated with dyed porcupine quills at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.
Lakota male beaded vest (c1900) at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Sioux(?) beaded vest (c1890) at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA.Beaded Ute Indian vest in museum of South Park City. Fairplay, CO.Sioux vest (c1900) decorated with dyed porcupine quills at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.
Plains Cree beadwork jacket at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Sioux ceremonial buckskin shirt at Woolaroc Museum. Bartlesville, OK.Beaded woman's dance cape at RCMP Heritage Center. Regina, SK.Beaded lady's dress at RCMP Heritage Center. Regina, SK.
Plains Cree beadwork jacket (prior to 1950) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Sioux ceremonial buckskin shirt at Woolaroc Museum. Bartlesville, OK.Beaded woman's dance cape (possibly Cree) at RCMP Heritage Center. Regina, SK.Beaded lady's dress (early 20th C) at RCMP Heritage Center. Regina, SK.
Southern Cheyenne beaded deer hide girl's dress at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.Lakota Sioux deerskin dress with beadwork & feather decoration at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Salish girl's dress with cowrie shells & elk's teeth at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Nez Perce velvet dress at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.
Southern Cheyenne beaded deer hide girl's dress (c1880) at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.Lakota Sioux deerskin dress with beadwork & feather decoration (c1880) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Salish girl's dress with cowrie shells & elk's teeth at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Nez Perce velvet dress (c1910) at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.
Cheyenne doll & Cheyenne dress at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Elk teeth decorated girl's dress & Blackfeet doll with beads representing elk's teeth at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Crow Indian elktooth dress at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Northern Plains girl's dress with elk teeth at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.
Cheyenne doll (c1890) & Cheyenne dress (c1915) at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Elk teeth decorated girl's dress (c1915) (Crow nation) & Blackfeet doll (c1850) with beads representing elk's teeth at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Crow Indian elktooth dress (c1900) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Northern Plains girl's dress with elk teeth (c1885) at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.
Cheyenne Indian child's dress with cowrie shells at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Girl's jingle dress at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Dream dress & Oglala beaded vest at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Collection of native American objects at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.
Cheyenne Indian child's dress (1880s) with cowrie shells at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Girl's jingle dress (1994) at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Dream dress (c1870) & Oglala beaded vest at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Collection of native American objects at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.
Woman's strung bead collar by unknown Great Basin Region native at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Dentalia shell cape by Ellen Thunder Horse at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Iowa Indian bear claw necklace with glass beads at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.Ute beaded cuffs with horse at Mesa Verde Museum. CO.
Woman's strung bead collar by unknown Great Basin Region native (1930s) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Dentalia shell cape (c1890) by Ellen Thunder Horse at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Iowa Indian bear claw necklace with glass beads (c1920) at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.Ute beaded cuffs with horse at Mesa Verde Museum. CO.
Lakota Sioux ceremonial beaded leggings at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Crow Grass dance feather bustle at Museum of the Rockies. Bozeman, MT.Chippewa Indian beaded war apron at Aurora Plainsman Museum. Aurora, NE.Huron beaded apron at Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo, NY.
Lakota Sioux ceremonial beaded leggings (early 20th C) at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Crow Grass dance feather bustle (c1930) at Museum of the Rockies. Bozeman, MT.Chippewa Indian beaded war apron (c1880-90) at Aurora Plainsman Museum. Aurora, NE.Huron beaded apron (1870-1900) at Buffalo History Museum (BECHS). Buffalo, NY.
Central or Northern Plains Indian scalplock warshirt at Rockwell Museum of Art. Corning, NY.Athbaskan-style woman's cape & skirt at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.Buckskin dress in Indian settlement area at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Colorado Springs, CO.Buckskin coat owned by Kit Carson at Santa Fe Trail Museum. Trinidad, CO.
Central or Northern Plains Indian scalplock warshirt (c1875-1910) at Rockwell Museum of Art. Corning, NY.Athbaskan-style woman's cape & skirt (c1900) at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Colorado Springs, CO.Buckskin dress in Indian settlement area at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Colorado Springs, CO.Buckskin coat owned (1809-68) by Kit Carson at Santa Fe Trail Museum. Trinidad, CO.
Wendat wampum belt from Ontario, Canada at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Woman's beaded dress at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Anishinaabe peoples native dress with wooden bowls at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Lakota fringed leather shirt with beadwork at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
Wendat (Huron) wampum belt (1600-50) from Ontario, Canada at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Woman's beaded dress (c1890) at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Anishinaabe peoples native dress (late 1800s-early 1900s) with wooden bowls at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Lakota fringed leather shirt with beadwork (c1880) at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
Apache man's deerskin shirt & leather double saddle bags at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Navajo dress at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Oglala bone breastplate from near Fort Laramie at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Seminole man's Big Shirt at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Apache man's deerskin shirt (c1920) & leather double saddle bags (c1900) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Navajo dress (late 19th C) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Oglala bone breastplate (c1860s) from near Fort Laramie at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Seminole man's Big Shirt (c1900) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Seminole man's long shirt from Florida at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Assiniboine, Montana or Saskatchewan woman's dance cape at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Ojibwa coat from Ontario at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Native American deerskin pants , horse blanket & buckskin quiver at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH.
Seminole man's long shirt (1924) from Florida at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Assiniboine, Montana or Saskatchewan woman's dance cape (c1890-1900) at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Ojibwa coat (c1789) from Ontario at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Native American deerskin pants (c1870s), horse blanket & buckskin quiver (1860-90) at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH.
Natives Tigua dress at Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, TX.Jingle dress to create musical effect for tribal dancing with antique turquoise necklace at Stockyards Museum. Fort Worth, TX.

Natives Tigua dress at Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, TX.Jingle dress (c1900) to create musical effect for tribal dancing with antique turquoise necklace at Stockyards Museum. Fort Worth, TX.


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