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These gauntlets are bursting with color and texture. They feature late 1800s Sioux-Métis (people of both Plains Indian and French Canadian descent) floral designs as well as flags and roosters. The artist relied on her skill as a bead worker to create a quilted effect on the cuffs. Soldiers of the U.S. Cavalry introduced gauntlets on the Plains in the 1870s. A Plains man probably wore these gloves with a beaded vest, leggings, and moccasins. Occasions like Fourth of July celebrations called for such festive wear.

Gauntlets, Native-tanned leather, glass and brass beads, cotton cloth, Sioux-Métis

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