Nez Perce

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribal Committee:
"Typical construction of two whole hides, as well additional pieces for 'fill in,' with the archetypal form of the dress that conforms to the natural shape and qualities of the animal which it came from. This dress is decorated with the typically undulating lines of decoration, in this case large "Russian" faceted beads in multiple rows. Retaining many of the original qualities of the animal which were used to construct these types of garments, was a significant feature of early hide clothing. Significant efforts to retain the original hair on the tail and forelegs and incorporating the natural shape and qualities of the animal, was intended to honor our commitment and relationship to the four-legged animals."


  • Title: Dress (cáwtıwaanın̉ wıspóolsam̉x̣)
  • Contributor: Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Original Source: Nez Perce Tribe Wetxuuwíitin Collection
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: NEPE 8757
  • Medium: Hide, hemp, sinew, glass beads, teeth
  • Measurements: H 133, L 133 cm
  • Date: ca. 1820 – 1840

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