Have you seen these artifacts before? Each one is located in the introduction to each section of the website. Here you can learn more about these objects.
Female Leggings History
Lakota leggings like these were made to cover the base of the leg, but not drag on the ground. The bird-design and blue background are common for Lakota clothing.
Novelty Deer Hides Economics
These deer hide paintings catered to the tourist trade by depicting Native American men in full feathered headdresses.
Images like these fulfilled white stereotypes about what all Native Americans “should” look like. A photograph of Dewey Beard in his ceremonial clothing satisfied the same desire.
These paintings were created prior to World WarII. The swastika on the larger painting is a traditional symbol used to represent the circle of life.
Bandolier Bag Anthropology
Anishinaabe Bandolier Bags (Aazhoningwa'igan) were originally used for storage purposes. Over time the actual pouch was eliminated. These bags still play a role in modern ceremonies as symbols of friendship and status.
Adult Moccasins Women's Studies
The ankle flaps on these Anishinaabe moccasins indicate that they were created for a woman. The flaps would be covered by leggings. The woman who constructed them incorporated a beadwork design of green and white clovers.