Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 097 Sioux Girl border=
Plate 097 Sioux Girl
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Description by Edward Curtis: A young Sioux woman in a dress made entirely of deerskin, embroidered with beads and porcupine-quills.

This image shows a young Sioux girls sitting down. You can see her entire figure which is clothed in an elaborate deerskin dress which is fringed at the hem and sleeves. Her moccasins and certain features on the dress are beautifully patterned and she is adorned with what is likely clamshell or bone jewelry as well.

According to Curtis' North American Indian, typical dress for the Sioux was as such: Men wore hip high leggings, loin cloth and moccasins, all made from tipi-coverings softened by weathering and by long exposure to smoke. Customarily no shirt was worn, when necessary, being covered with a buffalo skin belted at the waist. The war-bonnet of eagle feathers arrayed in a circlet about the heat and extending in a flowing train even to the heels was worn on special occasions by the warriors. Women wore deerskin dresses reaching half-way below the knee, with elbow length sleeves open at the armpits and tied with thongs. Leggings extended from ankle to knee, and moccasins were ornamented with quill work.
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