North and Central America, United States
Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Accessories
Plains Indians, Native American
For the native people of the Great Plains, personal adornment through skillful bead or quillwork often expressed identity and culture though colors and designs. Contact with Europeans introduced new materials in the form of glass beads, cloth, and thread, as well as new styles of garments, such as gloves and vests. These colorful leather gloves, embellished with flowers and beaded fringe, may have been part of a dance or rodeo costume. Study of objects such as these reveals themes of personal expression, cultural adaptation, and the spread of trade networks in American and Europe.
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- Refers to small objects, of any shape or material, pierced so that they may be strung or hung or attached, as by sewing.
- Coverings for the torso, limbs, hands, feet, and head for warmth, fashion, or to cover nudity. It generally excludes other items of costume such as jewelry, crowns, and other accessories that are purely decorative or symbolic and have no practical function.
- General term for any decorative motif in the form of a flower, which is the showy reproductive part of flowering plants or angiosperms. Common examples are motifs resembling roses, tulips, lilies, or daisies.
- Coverings for the hand enclosing each finger separately, sometimes extending over the wrist and arm.
- Typically reserved to refer narrowly to the cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. For the indigenous peoples of Canada use the term "First Nations." For the broader concept of the cultures of any native peoples of Central America, South America, North America, or the West Indies who are considered to belong to the Mongoloid division of the human species, use "Amerindian (culture)."
- Refers to the cultures of the continent of North America, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Circle, and Central America. In classifications schemes based on physical geography, Central America, and North America are parts of the same continent.
- Indian peoples who inhabit, or formerly inhabited, the North American Great Plains, which is a vast grassland between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains and from present-day provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada through the present-day state of Texas in the United States. The area is drained principally by the Missouri and Mississippi rivers; the valleys of this watershed are the most reliable sites from which to obtain fresh water, wood, and most plant foods.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
, Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
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