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    At one time the Ponca and the Osage wore a finger-woven sash as a belt under their shirt, as stated by Dr. James Howard and Alice Callahan.

    “At his waist the straight dancer wears a finger-woven yarn sash, the long ends hanging down”...“This is usually worn under the shirt and...
    03-01-2009, 06:29 PM
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    Vest
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    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
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    Cuffs and Bracelets
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    Though most straight dancers will just have ribbon trim on a ruffled cuff of the ribbonshirt sleeve, occasionally I've seen dancers with some additional form of wrist decoration.

    Among the Osage, Omaha, Comanche, and Kiowa as well as a number of other tribes, it's was not uncommon to...
    03-16-2009, 02:29 PM
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    This major element of the Hethuska dance clothes called to’-zhan-ke in Ponca, is said to be derived from the otter tail component which was attached to the Grizzly Bear Claw Necklaces and hung down the back.

    Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace showing the otter tail attached - Mesquakie...
    04-02-2009, 01:41 PM
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    Neckerchief
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    The neckerchief has become an integral part of the modern set of straight dance clothes among the Ponca, Osage, Pawnee, Comanche, Kiowa and other southern plains tribes.

    They are usually made of silk, stain or taffeta and most often seen in solid colors.

    The color of...
    04-06-2009, 03:24 PM

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