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Girl's dress

Eastern Shoshone girl’s dress
ca. 1900
Deer hide, glass beads, sinew
86 x 117 cm

This Shoshone two-hide dress is made in a Lakota fashion with a fully beaded yoke. The Eastern and Northern Shoshone traveled in the Northern Plains and Plateau regions, often trading and serving as intermediaries between tribes of both regions. The dress also features lazy-stitch glass seed beads—in colors of light blue, greasy yellow, and red common to tribes just west of the Rocky Mountains, but with outlining like Northern Plains patterns. The fringe and side insert decorations at the hem resemble Lakota patterns.

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