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Vested interest.

For Native Americans, it wasn't enough to simply create clothing. As this selection of vests indicates, they employed artwork, too. The beading, stitching, and other decorations reflect all kinds of aspects of the natural world from flowers to stars, plus tipis, individuals, horses, arrows, and geometric designs. Take a look at the vests below; which ones do you like the best? Which ones tell stories?

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


NA.202.971
South Dakota | Sioux | vest ...
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NA.202.995
Salish | vest | glass beads ...
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NA.202.941
Plains | vest, child's | Buc...
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NA.202.242
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.628
Crow | vest | leather | plai...
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NA.202.606
Sioux | vest | blue | yellow...
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NA.202.624
Blackfoot | Montana | vest |...
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NA.202.256
Northern Plains | vest | Pri...
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NA.202.243
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.260
Kootenai | Plateau | vest | ...
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NA.202.240
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.1008
Idaho | Shoshone Bannock | J...
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NA.202.258
Kootenai | Plateau | vest | ...
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NA.202.253
Northern Plains | Blackfeet ...
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NA.202.619
Sioux | South Dakota | vest ...
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NA.202.998
Salish | vest | fabric | hid...
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NA.202.246
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.1206
vest | teeth | tanned hide |...
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NA.202.244
Northern Plains | vest | bla...
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NA.202.332
Woodlands | vest | discs | o...
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NA.202.962
Crow | vest | fabric | Beads...
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NA.202.249
Sioux | Northern Plains | ve...
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NA.202.248
Blackfeet | Northern Plains ...
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NA.202.615
Salish | Montana | vest | le...
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