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Old 11-15-2003, 03:55 AM   #10
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Hey all..... yeah, beaded crowns have been around since at least the 1920s, and they were invented by Maggie Jones Smoky and Anna Jones Berry (both Kiowas). Basically, these two were really famous beadworkers, and were commissioned by alot of people to make beaded medallions for various things - pins, neckties, to go on shoes and dresses, etc. They got the idea to create crowns from those medallions. The attached pic is of Lois Smoky (later Lois Kaulaity after marriage). Lois was Maggie's daughter and this picture was taken between 1928 and 1931. Real simple crown - just kinda a combo between a headband and a medallion. Wonder what those ladies would say about some of these over-the-top crowns today?

Anyway, like so many things, like the Jingle Dress, these things have specific origings that started with specific people. Too often we lose sight of that history and these things just become a "style" and everyone just wears stuff without thinking about it cause everyone else does. Not trying to get on anyone's case, just a little info to add some perspective to this discussion.

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