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Blackfoot Artist

Boy's Jacket, c. 1890
Leather and beads and buttons
31 7/8 x 40 3/4 in. (80.96 x 103.51 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Montana and Alberta
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P0607
Fringed buckskin jacket with brass button front closing. Bands of beadwork run down front, back, and sides. Yellow, blue, and red geometric patterns on light blue, and a beadwork circle on back.

Leather, glass beads, and buttons

This elaborate outfit, made for a favored child, combines European tailoring and brass buttons with native fringed leather and beadwork bands. Among the Blackfeet the favorite child of a wealthy family is called the minipoka. This child, be it either a boy or a girl, is showered with gifts and special considerations from birth, is allowed to participate in adult ceremonies, and often wears flamboyant attire based on adult prototypes. The tradition of the minipoka continues to be viable in contemporary Blackfeet life. (Raczka, 1979, p. 63-66).

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 17, fig. 232.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 31 7/8 x 40 3/4 in. (80.96 x 103.51 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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