leather, glass beads and buttons
This elaborate outfit, made for a favored child, combines European tailoring and brass buttons with ative fringed leather and beadwork bands. Among the Blackfeet the gavorite child of a wealthy family is called the minipoka. This child, be it either a boy or a b=girl, is howered 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.
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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