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Object ID Number SAM 1928.12a
Object Name Shirt
Title Child's Shirt
Date 19th century
Culture Plains Indian
Credit line Gift of Mrs. W. B. Burk
Exhibit Label In the last half of the 1800s, trade networks in America increased and Native Americans in the Great Plains gained access to a variety of materials that were previously unavailable. This shirt is an excellent example of the incorporation of new materials with traditional techniques. Some materials, such as elk teeth and polished bone, were replaced by decorative cowrie shells, acquired through these new trade connections. The cut of the shirt with the longer side seams, refers back to animal hide patterns where longer sides accommodated for the animal’s legs, yet this is made from blue wool.
Medium Wool/Cowrie Shells/Ribbon
Material Wool
Length (in) 36.5
Width (in) 42
Currently on view No
Subjects Native American
Plains Indian
Cowrie Shells