Dresses played a prominent role in American Indian life, with most Indian women providing clothing for their families. Dresses weren’t mere fashion items-they reflected an Indian woman’s identity and showcased her artistic abilities.
This photo was taken in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho by Rebecca Tifft. It shows the clothing style of a young Native American child. These long, cloth-type pieces can be seen worn in ceremonies and dances.
Early Upper Missouri River Beaded Hide Dress collected from a Blood Indian. For a comparable dress identified as Sioux, and dated circa 1850, Batkin, 1992, p. 29. Also see Penney, 1992, p. 152, no. 80 for comparable example in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts identified as Upper Missouri, circa 1830-1850. Peterson, 1993, p. 128 for a comparable dress identified as Plains (Blackfeet) or Plateau collected by Pierre-Jean de Smet in 1859. Sotheby’s AMERICAN INDIAN ART MAY 2006. NY