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  • Historian
    Leggings
    by Historian
    The coverings for each leg, called u-toN’ by the Omaha and Ponca, are tied to the belt and giving the appearance of “chaps.”

    Leggings fall into two main categories for straight dancers, depending on the material used for construction, with some variations. In all cases,...
    03-04-2009, 03:58 PM
  • Historian
    Fur Turban
    by Historian
    There are many old photographs of certain Omaha-Ponca Hethuska or Osage Inlonshka members wearing a turban of otter fur, or a turban of red fox fur.

    Dr. James Howard states,

    “The otterskin hat, rather than the war bonnet, was the ‘chief’s’ headdress,...
    04-08-2009, 04:47 PM
  • Historian
    Vest
    by Historian
    An optional component in straight dance clothes is the wool broadcloth vest. Ponca, Omaha, Pawnee, and Osage straight dancers can often be seen wearing a vest with or without a ribbonshirt.

    The most common style of Ponca and Osage vests will have a distinctive strip of lazy stitched...
    03-20-2009, 01:58 PM
  • Historian
    Garters and Bells
    by Historian
    Garters made from fur such as otter, worn over leggings just below the knee, have been documented among tribes such as the Ponca, Pawnee, Sauk & Fox, Iowa, Oto, Winnebago, Dakota and Omaha during the 1850s and 1860s. (Feder, 1974, pp. 7-9, p. 45)

    Standing Hawk, Little Chief, Rattling...
    03-01-2009, 06:16 PM
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    Bandoliers - Why?
    by Historian
    An essential component of most straight dance outfits is the pair of bandoliers, or strings of large trade beads with leather spacers, worn in a loop which extends from each shoulder to the opposite hip. Each bandolier consists of one to three strings of brass, silver or glass trade beads (aurora borealis...
    09-29-2005, 04:45 PM

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