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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.202.971 | 1885 | H: 15 in, width: 16 in | In memory of Frank O. Horton and Henriette S. Horton | Dress and Adonrment, Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Child's fully beaded hide vest with ties in front and fringe at bottom, fully lined. Edgework beads are red and silver. Four groups of designs, all identical. Done in blue, red, green and silver triangles and geometric designs on a white ground. | NA.202.970Dk.JPG | NA.202.971.JPG | NA.202.971.jpg | NA.202.970.JPG | geometric | triangles | vest | cloth | glass beads | deer hide | South Dakota | Sioux

NA.202.995
Salish | vest | glass beads ...
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NA.202.995 | ca. 1930 | L: 23.5 in, width: 17.5 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | Dress and Adornment, Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Vest, beaded identical on both front panels with a white ground. One large burgundy flower outlined in blue, one smaller red and burgundy flower outlined in blue and six small red and green flowers on black stems with several green leaves, scattered on each. There is a double row of aqua seed beads around the arms and down the neck. The back is dark green fabric with a small belt at the lower back and a red fabric lining covers the whole inside. At the top of the back at the neck a black fabric piece has been add in. | NA.202.995.JPG | NA.202.995dtl.JPG | floral | vest | glass beads | silk | deer hide | Salish

NA.202.941
Plains | vest, child's | Buc...
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NA.202.941 | ca. 1960 | L: 11 in, chest circumference: 29.25 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | Dress and Adornment, Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Child's vest of smoked buckskin, carved fronts with fringe added across mid-chest and pinked trim along top of fringe. Pinked edge pocket on lower left front. Pinked trim and fringe across mid-back with additional fringe added to lower back edge. Buckskin edge binding all around, all machine sewn with dark thread, purple and white polyester doubleknit lining. | na.202.941.jpg | vest, child's | Buckskin | smoked | polyester | Plains

NA.202.242
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.242 | ca. 1885 | L: 18.575 in, width: 20.375 in | Bequest of the Adele K. "Pokey" Willoughby Estate | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded in lazy stitch geometric block design on white background. | NA.202.242.JPG | na.202.242v2.jpg | na.202.242v1.jpg | geometric | vest | seed | White | lazy stitch | deer | Beads | tanned | hide | Northern Plains | Sioux

NA.202.628
Crow | vest | leather | plai...
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NA.202.628 | 1900 | L: 24.5 in, width: 17 in | Gift of Irving H. "Larry" Larom Estate. | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Leather front with peach colored cloth back and plaid lining. Identical beaded designs on each side of front, multi-colored big horn sheep, abstract floral, and deer designs outlined in white. Some blue edge beading. | NA.202.628.JPG | na.202.628.jpg | abstract floral | deer designs | big horn sheep | vest | leather | plaid | multi-colored | seed | Beads | lining | cloth | peach colored | Crow

NA.202.606
Sioux | vest | blue | yellow...
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NA.202.606 | 1885 | width: 18.5 in | Gift of Burt Eddy Taylor, Jr. in honor of his wife Doreen Wessel Taylor | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's --Leather with cloth lining. Fully beaded lazy stitch with two blue horses and wo yellow deer on front. Back has two red white hears, horses and two yellow deer on white ground. Blue and metallic silver fence design around bottom. Red white hearts and white borders. | NA.202.606.JPG | na.202.606v1.jpg | na.203.606.jpg | na.202.606v2.jpg | deer | fence design | horses | vest | blue | yellow | seed | leather | red white hearts | lazy stitch | cloth | lining | Beads | metallic silver | White | Sioux

NA.202.624
Blackfoot | Montana | vest |...
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NA.202.624 | 1895 | L: 21.25 in, width: 19.75 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Cloth with light colored lining and green back, red binding. Beading diagonal checked pattern on front with blue and green on white ground. Also blue cross design and green basket beads on edges. | NA.202.624.JPG | na.202.624.jpg | cross designs | diagonal checked pattern | vest | Beads | cloth | binding | seed | Blackfoot | Montana

NA.202.256
Northern Plains | vest | Pri...
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NA.202.256 | ca. 1905 | L: 18.75 in, width: 17.375 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded in overlay geometric design on blue background. Brand (?) on front, MP Lined with red print cloth. Buckskin fringe on all edges. | NA.202.256.JPG | NA.202.256v1.jpg | NA.202.256v2.jpg | geometric | vest | Print | hide | Red | fringe | seed | blue | trade | Beads | tanned | cloth | deer | Northern Plains

NA.202.243
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.243 | ca. 1930 | L: 21 in, width: 22.125 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded in lazy stitch geometric design on red background. Lined and edges bound with blue cloth. | NA.202.243.JPG | NA.202.243v1.jpg | NA.202.243v2.jpg | geometric | vest | cloth | trade | hide | lazy stitch | tanned | deer | blue | Red | Beads | seed | Northern Plains | Sioux

NA.202.260
Kootenai | Plateau | vest | ...
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NA.202.260 | L: 18.125 in, width: 19 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded front in overlay floral design on white background. Back is brown cloth. Lined with beige print cloth. | NA.202.260.JPG | na.202.260.jpg | floral | vest | brown | Print | seed | Beads | lining | beige | deer | tanned | hide | cloth | trade | White | Kootenai | Plateau

NA.202.240
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.240 | ca. 1895 | L: 20.5 in, width: 21.125 in | Irving H. "Larry" Larom Collection | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded in lazy stitch geometric design on white background. Edges bound with red cloth. | NA.202.240.JPG | NA.202.240v2.jpg | NA.202.240v1.jpg | geometric | vest | seed | Red | hide | cloth | deer | tanned | Beads | White | lazy stitch | Northern Plains | Sioux

NA.202.1008
Idaho | Shoshone Bannock | J...
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NA.202.1008 | 2002 | Plains Indian Museum Acquisitions Fund Purchase | na.202.1008 v2.jpg | na.202.1008v1.jpg | NA.202.1008 V1.jpg | NA.202.1008 V2.jpg | na.202.1008 v1.jpg | na.202.1008v2.jpg | geometric | floral | man's | vest | cotton | tanned | glass beads | hide | smoked | Idaho | Shoshone Bannock | Jay, Debra Lee (Stone)

NA.202.258
Kootenai | Plateau | vest | ...
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NA.202.258 | L: 17.625 in, width: 18.5 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded front in overlay floral design. Back is of brown cloth; lined with beige print cloth. | NA.202.258.JPG | na.202.258.jpg | floral | vest | tanned | brown | deer | Print | cloth | lining | seed | trade | hide | Beads | beige | Kootenai | Plateau

NA.202.253
Northern Plains | Blackfeet ...
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NA.202.253 | ca. 1895 | L: 23 in, width: 20.25 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded front in overlay geometric design. Back is green cotton cloth, front lined with blue print cloth. | NA.202.253.JPG | na.202.253.jpg | geometric | vest | deer | cotton | seed | tanned | cloth | Print | hide | Beads | trade | green | blue | Northern Plains | Blackfeet

NA.202.619
Sioux | South Dakota | vest ...
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NA.202.619 | 1895 | L: 20.5 in, width: 19 in | Gift of Mrs. Neill Phillips in memory of Carly Downing | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Deerskin fully beaded lazy stitch. Geometric designs, boxes and triangles on front, also with crosses on back. Green, red white hearts and blue on white ground with red white hearts borders. | NA.202.619.JPG | na.202.619v2.jpg | na.202.619v1.jpg | triangles | geometric | crosses | boxes | vest | green | blue | White | Beads | deerskin | red white hearts | lazy stitch | seed | Sioux | South Dakota

NA.202.998
Salish | vest | fabric | hid...
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NA.202.998 | L: 22 in, width: 20.5 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | Dress and Adornment, Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Man's vest with a hide back, entirely beaded on the front panels in a greasy yellow ground with an American flag at the top and a gray aurora cut bead buffalo at the bottom of both identical panels. There are two hide lace closures at the front. Pink fabric lining inside the hid back. Front inside is of canvas. | na.202.998s.jpg | na.202.998.jpg | American flag | buffalo | vest | fabric | hide | Beads | canvas | Salish

NA.202.246
Northern Plains | Sioux | ve...
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NA.202.246 | ca. 1895 | L: 17.75 in, width: 17.5 in | Gift of Corliss C. and Audrienne H. Moseley | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Tanned, fully beaded in lazy stitch geometric design on white background. Lined and edges bound with beige cotton cloth. Brown wooden beads on front. Buckskin fringe along bottom edge. | NA.202.246.JPG | na.202.246v1.jpg | na.202.246v2.jpg | geometric | vest | wood | lazy stitch | Beads | brown | tanned | White | seed | cotton | cloth | fringe | hide | trade | beige | deer | Northern Plains | Sioux

NA.202.1206
vest | teeth | tanned hide |...
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NA.202.1206 | 19Th Century | width: 26 in | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | shirt as vest, elk teeth, bead, 1406, worn | NA.202.1206.JPG | shirt | vest | teeth | tanned hide | Beads | elk

NA.202.244
Northern Plains | vest | bla...
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NA.202.244 | ca. 1925 | L: 21.125 in, width: 19 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Black and brown velour with vertical and horizontal loom beaded strips in geometric design. Brass disc decoration and buttons on front. Buckskin strip along inside edge on both sides of front. | NA.202.244.JPG | na.202.244v1.jpg | na.202.244v2.jpg | geometric | vest | black | hide | loom beading | Beads | trade | seed | brown | buttons | disc | velour | brass | cloth | deer | Northern Plains

NA.202.332
Woodlands | vest | discs | o...
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NA.202.332 | ca. 1935 | L: 19.25 in, width: 17.375 in | Gift of Mrs. Hope Williams Read. | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Green velour lined with orange cotton cloth. Loom woven vertical and horizontal strips in geometric design on white background. Metallic sping tassles on front along bottom edge of bead strips. Various tassles throughout of beads, brass bells, ribbon, brass circle and star, cowrie shells, metal discs. | na.202.332v1.jpg | na.202.332v2.jpg | star | circle | vest | discs | ornaments | Beads | metal | bells | seed | green | tassles | shells | cowrie | cloth | cotton | orange | brass | trade | velour | metallic | loom | ribbon | glass | Woodlands

NA.202.962
Crow | vest | fabric | Beads...
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NA.202.962 | 1900 | L: 24.75 in, width: 19 in | In memory of Frank O. Horton and Henriette S. Horton | Dress and Adornment, Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Hide vest with fringe and purple cloth lining. Front is fully beaded with matching flowers on each side. Flowers and leaves done in red, white, blue, yellow, green and pink, all on a light blue ground. | na.202.962.jpg | floral | vest | fabric | Beads | hide | Crow

NA.202.249
Sioux | Northern Plains | ve...
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NA.202.249 | ca. 1915 | L: 13.875 in, width: 16.125 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Boy's -- Tanned, fully beaded in lazy stitch geometric design on blue background. Edges bound with maroon wool material. | NA.202.249.JPG | NA.202.249v2.jpg | NA.202.249v1.jpg | geometric | vest | maroon | trade | cloth | deer | wool | lazy stitch | seed | Beads | tanned | hide | blue | Sioux | Northern Plains

NA.202.248
Blackfeet | Northern Plains ...
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NA.202.248 | ca. 1890 | L: 12.625 in, width: 12.189 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Boy's -- Tanned, fully beaded front in overlay geometric design on blue background. Front lined with blue print cloth. Back is buckskin with single row of fringe across top back. | NA.202.248.JPG | NA.202.248.jpg | geometric | vest | fringe | Beads | blue | tanned | deer | hide | Print | seed | cloth | trade | Blackfeet | Northern Plains

NA.202.615
Salish | Montana | vest | le...
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NA.202.615 | 1930 | L: 24.125 in, width: 19 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Leather with cloth lining. Front beaded with a cowboy on a bucking horse and a steer head on each side. Multi-colored with mostly cut beads, also sequins. Back decorated with beaded floral design and a cowboy on a bucking horse. Multi-colored using mostly cut beads, also sequins. | NA.202.615.JPG | na.202.615v1.jpg | na.202.615v2.jpg | Cowboy | bucking horse | floral | steer | vest | leather | lining | multi-colored | sequins | Beads | cloth | mostly cuts | Salish | Montana