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Old 04-02-2007, 10:40 AM   #1
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Otters plain or decorated? I have a feeling that some of them are intentionally left plain.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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Otters plain or decorated? I have a feeling that some of them are intentionally left plain.
Personally I think the otter can be too decorated. I like to seem them with a few rossettes or a loom beaded strip down the center, mirrors, conchos. Mine right now is plain. The next one I may have a nice small loom beaded strip and two rossettes.

I've seen a lot of men put military patches, pins on their otters. Sometimes it looks good. Sometimes it's just like "woah".
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When I am done with mine it will have 2 gourd stitched rosettes and some feathers and that is about it. Simple is the best I think. Some get so complicated it hurts! I was once told the only 'important' decoration one should have on their otter was a fluff mounted on the bottom.
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I was taught that otter designs should be simple but meaningful. Some examples include:

A couple of beaded rossettes, perhaps matching the color and design of the beaded rosettes used on the shoulder scarves.

Perhaps a special feather, pair of feathers, or strip of loom beadwork between the two rosettes.

Perhaps the set of military service ribbons of the dancer, on the top of the otter, just below the point of the scarf.

Perhaps a significant miltitary service medal (i.e. purple heart, bronze star, combat infantryman badge) that the dancer was awarded, pinned in the middle of the otter.

Most times, the ribbon binding on the edges of the otter should be in the same color and pattern of the broadcloth aprons, dance trailer and leggings.

As Fat Albert has pointed out, I was also taught that an eagle breath plume should be placed on the bottom tip of the otter, in such a way so as not to touch the ground however.
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I have 2 otters that I use. I have an otter that is part of a set that I was honored with by an elder relative prior to his passing. This otter has matching beadwork down the sides and 2"(?) silver plates down the center. My other otter is plain, though sometimes I will wear an Eagle feather in the center, I do also have ribbon work down the sides. Both otters are attached to blue pendleton trade cloth. The stripes are still attached to the ends. I attach the otters with a scarf through loop sewn in the top.
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