Shirt: A common belief among Native American tribes was that having a piece of an animal would grant you the power of that animal. Many articles of clothing, like this shirt of Red Cloud's, had hair from their prized and trusted horses.
|South Dakota 248 Sioux 990|
|human hair 30 Horse Hair 108 deer hide 193 Glass seed beads 2 pigment 539 porcupine quills 146 wool 622|
|strips 60 Diamond 223 triangular 31 squares 40|
|L: 42.5 in, width: 58 in|
|Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin|
|Dress and Adornment: Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Man's (Red Cloud) -- Deerskin, fringe. Upper portion painted blue, lower portion yellow with yellow, orange and brown lines in between. Triangular tabs on front and back of neck decorated with red and blue wool and beading in white, red, blue, green, turquoise and yellow. Lazy stitch beaded strips over shoulders and on each sleeve. Panels with turquoise diamond designs on dark blue ground also with white, green, yellow, red and pink on strips. Upper portion and sleeves also have small beaded squares in red and pink or turquoise and yellow. Human hair bundles run over shoulders and on sleeves, most dark but some light horse hair bundles. Bundles wrapped with undyed porcupine quills and attached to blue beads. Tabs at bottom on each side decorated with triangular piece of red and blue wool with white, blue and green beaded border.|
|Book: juvenile, Discovering the Arts, Native American Culture, by Katherine Gleason, Rourke Publishing LLC, Vero Beach, 2006, (received Sept. 2005)|