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  • Decorative Outer Belt

    An outer belt is always worn with a straight dance outfit of any tribal style.

    Among the Ponca, Osage, and Pawnee the average type of belt is usually made of stiff leather between four and six inches wide. Most commonly, a loom-beaded strip of geometric beadwork is mounted in the center of the leather belt, leaving about one half to one inch of leather showing across the top and bottom edges. Frequently the blank space of leather on the top and bottom edges are decorated with silver spots. Two to three buckles will fasten the leather belt in back.

    Normally the beaded belt is worn over the ribbonshirt, and if beaded aprons are worn, the beaded leather belt covers the top edge of the aprons in front and back.

    Omaha man - 1898


    Victor Dupee – Iowa – 1900


    Blue Hair – Iowa – 1900


    Bacon Rind – Osage – 1900


    George Michelle - Osage - 1905


    John Wood - Osage - 1910


    Examples of beaded belts:

    Omaha




    Among the Comanche, Southern Cheyenne, Kiowa and some other tribes, it is not uncommon to see trade-silver discs or “concho” discs mounted on a leather belt in place of the beaded belt.

    Omaha men - 1907


    Fisher Walker and Charlie Parker - Omaha - 1922


    Southern Cheyenne
    Peabody Museum Number: 38-44-10/12781



    Bailey, Garrick, and Daniel Swan.
    2004. Art of the Osage. St. Louis Art Museum, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA.

    Barth, Georg J.
    1993. Native American Beadwork. R. Schneider Publishers, Stevens Point, WI.

    Callahan, Alice A.
    1990. The Osage Ceremonial Dance, I’n-Lon-Schka. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK.

    Feder, Norman.
    1957-a. Costume of the Oklahoma Straight Dancer. The American Indian Hobbyist Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1.
    1957-b. Costume of the Oklahoma Straight Dancer. The American Indian Hobbyist Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 2.
    1961. Plains Indian Metalworking, Part Two. American Indian Tradition Newsletter, Volume 8.

    Hail, Barbara N.
    1980. Hau, Kola!: The Plains Indian Collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Brown University, Bristol, RI.

    Howard, Dr. James H.
    1965. The Ponca Tribe. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 195, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
    1976. Ceremonial Dress of the Delaware Man. Special Issue, The Bulletin of the Archeological Society of New Jersey, No. 33, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.

    LaFave, Edward J.
    1998. Straight Dance Clothing: How to Dress a Straight Dancer. Whispering Wind: American Indian Past & Present Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 4, Folsom, LA.

    Orchard, William C.
    1929. Bead and Beadwork of the American Indians. Contributions from the Museum of the American Indian, Vol. 11, Heye Foundation, New York, NY.

    Smith, Jerry.
    1982. Straight Dance Clothes: Getting Them On. Moccasin Tracks Magazine, April Issue, LaPalma, CA.

    Stewart, Tyronne H.
    1968. Dressing a Straight Dancer. The Singing Wire Newsletter, February Issue.
    Last edited by Historian; 03-12-2009, 10:27 AM.

    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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    I'm waiting for the pictures, where are the pictures?
    BOB

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      Originally posted by CHEROSAGE View Post
      I'm waiting for the pictures, where are the pictures?
      ooops!

      I knew I forgot something. Thanks for the reminder.

      "Be good, be kind, help each other."
      "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

      --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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        "Be good, be kind, help each other."
        "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

        --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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          "Be good, be kind, help each other."
          "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

          --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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