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Cheyenne Artist

Dress, 1870-1879
Leather and beads
49 x 33 x 48 13/16 in. (124.46 x 83.82 x 124 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P0606a
Two pieces of soft buckskin sewn together. Top section is dyed yellow with a beaded band, and the skirt section has two rows of beaded fringe. Beaded band and heavy fringe on bottom. Good example of South Plains style.

Native leather, glass beads, tin cones, and paint

Cheyenne dress construction and ornamentation conformed to strict traditional patterns. The yoke of this dress is painted yellow with natural pigment, evoking the color of the Sun. Three horizontal bands of beadwork also decorate the yoke, one across the shoulders, and the others across the back and front. In general, rows of buckskin fringe, arranged in pairs, were topped with wrapped quills, but by 1880 the quills had been replaced by large beads. Thin bands of beadwork, natural red pigment, and tin cones on the bottom edge complete the costume.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 47 (illustrated/bw) fig. 134.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 49 x 33 x 48 13/16 in. (124.46 x 83.82 x 124 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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