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Native American Historical Plains Costumes



Native American Historical Plains Costumes :



Practical horse tack and extraordinary ceremonial regalia reflecting the Plains Tribes dependency upon the buffalo. Historical Plains Tribes included the Arapajo, Assiniboine, Blackfoot, Cayuse, Cheyenne, Comanche, Cree, Crow, Hidatsa, Kiowa, Mandan, Nez Perce, Pawnee, Omaha, Osage, Shoshone, Sioux, Ute, and Wichita. Each tribe has customs, designs and color choices which were unique to that Native American Nation. For example, clothing and leather color trends are yellow-green in the far south, yellow-tan in the southern-central plains, gray-tan in the northern central plains, and gray-white or reddish-purple in the far north because of the different plant species available in the different regions to add to the solutions used to cure and dye leather. Also beading and quilling designs and colors were unique to certain tribes. For example, the Crow preferred geometric patterns, while the Blackfoot tribes used floral motifs. The Cheyenne used much yellow and green in their beadwork, while Sioux preferred light blue. Saddle styles ranged from a small flat stuffed pad to a graceful wishbone or chicken bone shaped, rawhide covered wooden saddletree with high pommel and cantle. (See photos Blackfoot, Cayuse, Cheyenne, Two, Comanche, Crow, Nez Perce, Plains, Sioux, Various Flat Saddles, Wishbone Style Saddles below) Horses, mules or donkeys are allowed.






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Blackfoot
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails

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Cayuse
Cayuse - Through Indian Eyes by Readers Digest.


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Cheyenne
Through Indian Eyes by Readers Digest.

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Cheyenne
The World of the American Indian by The National Geographic Society.


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Comanche
Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship by Deb Bennett, Ph.D.

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Crow
Parade Newspaper Ad.


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Crow
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails.

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Crow
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails.


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Nez Perce
Cavalry: The History of a Fighting Elite by Dr. Zvonimir Grbasic and Velimir Vuksic.

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Nez Perce
National Geographic Magazine.


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Plains
National Geographic Magazine.

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Plains
National Geographic Magazine.


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Sioux
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails.

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Buffalo Hunter
The World of the American Indian by The National Geographic Society.

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Buffalo Hunter
National Geographic Magazine.


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Buffalo Hunter
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails

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Various Flat Saddles
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails.


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Wishbone Style Saddles
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Thomas E. Mails

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