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Man's Shirt

Oglala Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Red Cloud, a revered Lakota chief, was photographed in this garment called a scalp shirt. The fringe of human hair symbolizes brave deeds and represents the people whose safety the warrior pledged to protect. Small patches of glass trade beads on the dark-blue painted panel allude to stars in the night sky. Many remember Chief Red Cloud for his bravery as a warrior and for his great abilities as a statesman.

Man's Shirt, Native tanned leather, pigment, human hair, horsehair, glass beads, porcupine quills, Oglala Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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