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Men's wool dance leggings, dance trailer, and apron in two pieces with satin lining and beaded leather moccasins / Julia Pipestem

Essay/Description

Men in the Plains region sometimes wore leggings made of tanned skin to stay warm and protect their legs. Cloth was not introduced and used until later when wool and cotton became more accessible.

Curatorial Remarks

A young boy would have worn this dance trailer. It is part of a straight dance outfit. A ribbon shirt was most likely worn with this dance trailer. The breechcloth appears to be smaller than normal for this type of dance trailer. Breechcloths typically go down to the knees. The moccasins are Southern Plains style.

Tags: wool, blue, red, bells, light blue, Pink, male, men, dance trailer, breachcloth, satin lining, beadwork, beaded leather moccasins
People: Otoe-Missouria
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial events, dance, social events

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

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Title(s): 
Men's wool dance leggings, dance trailer, and apron in two pieces with satin lining and beaded leather moccasins
Creator(s): 
Julia Pipestem;
Harry War Eagle;
Gregory Perino
Culture: 
Native American; Otoe (artist and user)
Date: 
1960
Place: 
Hominy, Oklahoma, United States of America
Materials/Techniques: 
wool, glass, satin, cloth, hide, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall (Leggings): 12 1/2 × 10 1/4 in. (31.8 × 26 cm) Overall (Dance Tailer): 42 × 7 1/4 in. (106.7 × 18.4 cm) Overall (Breech Cloth Panels): 12 1/2 × 10 1/4 in. (31.8 × 26 cm) Overall (Bells): 21 1/2 × 1/4 in. (54.6 × 0.6 cm) Overall (Moccasins): 2 1/2 × 8 1/4 × 3 1/4 in. (6.4 × 21 × 8.3 cm)
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gregory Perino Collection
Accession No: 
84.829a-i
Previous Number(s): 
84.829a-e; 84.829 a-e
Department: 
On View

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