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Old 06-15-2004, 02:46 AM   #1
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What does your tribal dress represent?

Okay, what tribe are you and what does your dress represent?
I am Sac&Fox and Ponca. I dress Sac&Fox a majority of the time, have a few Ponca dresses. My tribe is originally from the Great Lakes area and was removed to Oklahoma after fighting it all the way. Our dress consists of ribbonwork, which depicts the floral designs of the great lakes area. Our traditional moccasins also have the floral designs on them. We have "village dresses" that were worn during daily use and also have the very intricate ribbonwork dresses, shawls, blankets, bags, etc. worn for special occasions. I have seen my grandma wear the village dresses to adoptions, feasts, etc.
We are close related to the Ho-chunk and Ojibwe nations as we all lived in close proximaty at one time. Our sister tribes are the Sac&Fox of Kansas and the Mesquakie Nation of Tama, IA.
I am still learning about my tribal history and am familiar with my clan affiliations. I am also very proud of my Ponca relatives and their importance to the song and dance societies.
According to our relative tribes in OK, you can tell what tribe someone is by the ribbonwork they wear: Ponca, Otoe, Sac&Fox, Pawnee, Osage, Kaw...they all have their own patterns. This is very easily depicted at our home celebrations. Our old folks say you should be able to tell what tribe, clan, family a lady is from by thier dress. How is your dress your own?
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