Seminole Nation regalia. In this historical painting, the Seminole leader Osceola wears regalia that was worn by American Indians of the southeast during the early 19th century.
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What does this portrait of Osceola tell you?
- Does this look like everyday clothing? Why or why not?
- Are there parts or features of Osceola's clothing that might show his importance as a leader?
- Osceola's portrait was painted by George Catlin, a well-known American artist. What does this fact tell you about Osceola?
- Why might it have been important for leaders of the Seminole Nation to dress in special ways?