War Shirts and Clothing
Native tanned hide with traces of green paint, in a "poncho" style. The shirt has panels of buffalo hide fully beaded with a background of light blue beads and bear claw designs in red, greasy yellow, pink and cobalt running down the length of both sleeves. The front and back triangle yokes have fringe and beaded bars of pink, yellow and dark blue sewn on brown and red wool trade cloth. 16" long fringe runs down from the sleeves, and at the shoulders are orange dyed horsehair drops. Self hide fringe trims the bottom length of the shirt.
A magnificent Nez Perce pony-beaded dress on deer hide. Multi-colored beadwork in white, cobalt blue, green and red. Hemp and sinew sewn. Note: The green and red beads were first introduced to the Nez Perce Columbia River Native Americans on the Lewis & Clark expedition (1804-06). See file for ethnographic appreciation.
50" L. x 48" W.
A very fine Nez Perce Boy's Shirt on trade cloth. Three bands of pony beads around base and arm cuffs. Two beaded shoulder strips and two rosettes. Cuffs and shirt base fringed in usual fashion.
18" L. x 25" W., on stand.
A very fine and rare Kiowa boy's shirt. Green ochre. Bib front and back. Fully fringed. Kiowa bead pattern on front.
23" W. x 17 1/2" L., including fringe.
A very nice woman's dress on buckskin. Beaded on top and bottom in white, blue and red beads. Numerous drops on front and verso.
A stunning woman's dress on buffalo hide. Complex and elaborate beadwork in six shades. Same on verso.
48" L. x 43" W.
Fully beaded open-armed bodice, showing cruciform devices and bands of small crosses about the perimeter and down the shoulders, a series of circular shell pendants attached below the waist on both sides, fringe trim on the arms, side seams and bottom hem.
The Fred Harvey Collection #33-1229, inscribed inside the neck.
The Nelson Atkins Museum.