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Old 06-19-2004, 01:39 AM   #8
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That always was the best way for a kid to learn what is and what is not appropriate behavior outside of their own home :)

Well I wear the cotton overdress style of clothing that my people adopted during the victorian period when the european women with all their fancy dresses were becoming prominent. The skirt for the tuscarora is velvet or velveteen and is a wrap around with the wrap coming over the left knee in front (so that it could be pulled back to expose the right knee for doing work like fleshing corn) but have seen some that cross over the right. The leggings as well are velvet or velveteen and are slit in the center over th ankle but just touch the ground behind the heel. In the victorian times usually a scarf was worn around the neck but nowadays there is a velvet beaded collar that is normally done quite fancy and sometimes wrist cuffs to match. A small flat velvet beaded purse is also worn along with moccasins with velvet beaded cuffs and vamp.

Although skirts are beaded more contemporarily now, with heavy raised beadwork..white microbeads in delicate floral patterns and scrollwork were more popular during the victorian period and nothing to snub at. Rather fancy in fact.

A tiara (crown but much shorter than the plains style) made of velvet and beaded is worn on the head or a velvet beaded glengarry style hat. I have both and prefer the glengarry.

Before this though... during first contacts.. tuscarora woman wore a fringed buckskin wrap around skirt, and moccasins in the summer... and in the winter the same but with leggins and a fringed buckskin top with a bearhide robe.

I'm not exactly sure how to answer what do they mean. The old scrollwork represent things such as the sun, the skydome, celestial tree, mountains... the usual.. and often a beaded figure of someone's clan animal is put on the skirt or collar or a necklace. You also see beadwork of strawberries and birds but alot of flowers and butterflies as well.
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