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Man's Leggings

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Whole antelope skins serve as the foundation for these leggings made by a female artist, and the animal’s hind legs function as belt ties. Broad strips of blue pony beads, finely cut fringe, and yellow-dyed horsehair ornament the skins. To symbolize his military honors, the owner drew depictions of human hands—four on each side flap. These leggings probably came from Chief Little Thunder’s band of Teton Lakota. In 1855 the U.S. army attacked the band’s camp on Blue Water Creek along the Oregon Trail in Nebraska.

Man's Leggings, Native-tanned leather, glass beads, pigment, wool cloth, horsehair, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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