Southern Cheyenne Girl's Dress (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 1880
Southern Cheyenne
hide, seed and brass beads, pigments, tin cones
Great Plains, United States
Overall: 21 × 38 × 7 in. (53.34 × 96.52 × 17.78 cm)
2013.240
Not on view
In the mid-19th century, the Kiowa of the southern plains developed the three-hide dress pattern. Cheyenne and Arapaho women admired the style so much that they soon incorporated it into their own dressmaking. A three-hide dress is a skirt made from two hides and a poncholike top constructed from a third hide worn over or sewn to the skirt. During the warm summer months, the wearer could remove an unattached cape. The tin ornaments were originally chewing tobacco can lids, rolled into cones. Aside from their decorative purposes, these cones created a jingle noise as the wearer moved, and are even applied to dance dresses today by Native American women participating in the Jingle Dress Dance at powwows.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment from the Estate of Roma S. Nooter
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