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Wool breechcloth with beadwork and ribbonwork / Unknown

Curatorial Remarks

This item is a early 20th century breechcloth. At the turn of the century (20th century) "pan-Indian" materials start to become more prevalent. By 1915, cloth had replaced buckskin in Oklahoma. By the teens, tribal specific clothing was being replaced by more generic Indian clothing. It was simplified with clothing typically worn during a powwow.

Tags: breechcloth, silk edging, silk trim, beadwork, floral designs, red, green, navy, geometric designs
People: Native American
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial events, powwow, dance

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Wool breechcloth with beadwork and ribbonwork
Native American; possibly Kaw
19th century - 20th century
wool, glass, satin
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mary Thompson Bryan and Lawrence E. Bryan
Accession No: 
Previous Number(s): 
TL1999.43.1; TL1999.43.1
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