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Man's blue and red silk ribbon shirt with shells / Carol Rachlin


Navy blue shirt with red ribbon work

Curatorial Remarks

"This shirt is associated with the Five Civilized Tribes."

Dr. Garrick Bailey, Professor of Anthropology for The University of Tulsa, 2018

This man's shirt was worn during straight dances. The cowry shell decorations are unusual. This may be modeled after the style of a 19th century military uniform.

Tags: man, silk, shirt, red, blue, cowry, shell, militaristic
People: Possibly Osage
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: straight dance

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

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Man's blue and red silk ribbon shirt with shells
Unknown (Donor)
Native American; possibly Southeast
19th century - 20th century
polyester, silk, plastic, shell
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Gift from the Marriott-Rachlin Collection
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