No announcement yet.

Lakota Women Beaded Leggings?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Lakota Women Beaded Leggings?

    Hello ladies,

    I was asked why old trad leggings had a green beaded or painted band around the ankle part. I always thought it was just purely decorative as I have never been told any different.
    However, just for double checking and for the sake of an interresting cultural discussion, I would like to submit this question to you too.
    Inila ye! Imaputakaye!!

  • #2
    Han redberries,
    I have no idea what the answer is, but you are right, a lot of reservation period Lakota women's legging have a green beaded or painted strip just above the ankle. Its usually green even if there is no green used elsewhere on the leggings. Some of the buckskin uppers are painted green too. If there is some meaning to it, I would also love to know about it.

    Here's a pic from the collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization which shows the green stripe...


    • #3

      Ohan Czechy! That's exaclty it! Well let's hope someone can let us know. If someone knows they are bound to be in the forum somewhere!!
      Inila ye! Imaputakaye!!


      • #4
        I have posted this question to another forum frequented by some of the top scholars in Native American Art. Will let you know what shakes out.


        • #5
          Thats great! But if no-one knows, I guess it does show that those green bands did not mean anything. I doubt that knowledge of that importance would have been lost with time.
          Still it would be interresting to find out if it was just a habit, a fashion, or a status of some sort....Or none of the above!
          Inila ye! Imaputakaye!!


          • #6
            An update...
            No one on the other forum seems to have the answer. But a lot of Lakota moccasins have green in them so it might be that the stripe serves to tie in that color to create a more coordinated look. A few leggings I have seen have blue stripes or red stripes or none at all so this may just be an aesthetic device rather than something with a heavy-duty meaning to it. That's kinda what I got from the discussion.


            • #7
              Thank you!

              Ooh...It makes sense!
              I did ask around and even the oldest people I approached did not know if there was a meaning to it.
              So, I guess it is all to do with fashion and as you explained practicality.
              When you think about it, we still match leggings and mocs.
              Thanks very much for this. You are a gem!
              Inila ye! Imaputakaye!!


              • #8
                I know I'm coming in late with this, but could it have been a clan color, maybe?


                • #9
                  Hey BeadinGranny,

                  Not that I am aware of... It is sad to see that this knowledge is kinda lost...We will never know for certain. :o(
                  Inila ye! Imaputakaye!!


                  • #10
                    Or it could be that your not meant to know LOL! There's a reason and meaning for everything.

                    LOL @ Top scholars in Native American Art


                    • #11
                      If you are still looking for an answer I have one. This answer is from my mother. We are both members of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and are descendants of the Spleen Band. She got this information from her grandfather who passed away in 1984, we aren't sure of his age but know he was at least one hundred and three. You can e-mail me at [email protected] with the tagline of leggings. (Oh and yes, this information is important and should be known, it has nothing to do with clans, matching colors, or being in fashion, my mother is just not comfortable with the forum.)
                      J. Runs Close To Lodge
                      When the chips are down...the buffalo is empty!!


                      Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

                      Related Topics


                      • northerntradish16
                        Help with Beaded Vest
                        by northerntradish16
                        Hey there everyone

                        I'm a teen dancer who has been dancing for about 5 years. I finished everything else for my beaded set except the vest. After taking a few months off from working on crafts, I think it is time to sink my teeth into a beaded vest. I have no clue how to start! Should...
                        01-18-2004, 01:30 PM
                      • creekfairy
                        beaded champagne glasses
                        by creekfairy
                        Hello all,
                        I saw sometime ago some beaded champagne/wine glasses where the stem part of the glasses were beaded... like probably in either wrap stitch or peyote or tube stitch of some kind... but anyways... I was just wondering if any of you know how to do this or have seen it done anywhere...
                        05-22-2009, 12:20 AM
                      • delila77
                        fully beaded purse question
                        by delila77
                        I've always made fully beaded purses on braintan but I wanna see if I can use a different material. Is there a type of fabric I can make fully beaded purse on?
                        07-15-2012, 03:21 PM
                      • Itzhecatl
                        Handle beaded edging
                        by Itzhecatl
                        Hello all,

                        So I have looked and combed through this forum about beaded edging and have not been able to find anything about it.

                        I am working on a rattle handle and I wanted to do some particular beaded edging on it. I have seen it before and don't know what its called...
                        05-29-2012, 04:26 PM
                      • Woodlands Daughter
                        So much beading...
                        by Woodlands Daughter
                        I am just starting to design my first buckskin outfit. I have been dancing cloth for a couple of years. Around here, the buckskin dancers wear very simple outfits without a lot of beading. Sometimes they are unadorned and only have the simple beaded jewelry to go with it. As I design mine I think...
                        02-23-2011, 02:03 PM



                      There are no results that meet this criteria.

                      Sidebar Ad