The best known article of clothing for a Plains Indian male was his dress shirt. Shirts were highly decorated with paint and small bunches of hair. Quilled or beaded strips are sewn over the shoulders and along the sleeves with long fringes and ermine skins attached. Decorative shirts of honor were worn during tribal social and political events, often by men of importance in their tribes.


  • Title: Man’s Shirt
  • Creator: Crow
  • Date: 1870/1890
  • Location: Plains
  • Contributor: Grand Teton National Park, National Park Service
  • Photographer: David Swift
  • Measurements: W 149, H 91 cm
  • Material: Buckskin, glass beads, hair
  • Current Location: Colter Bay Visitor Center
  • Catalog Number: GRTE 5228

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