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  • IlCrow1
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    Originally posted by rodond View Post
    just got 3 yards of red broadcloth want to make a elk tooth dress but all the dresses i can remember were made with blue ,or do they use red too?
    The most common colors are navy and dark green with red trim at neck, sleeves and hem, but I have seen red ones with green or blue trim. Almost any color is used today. I have seen them in purple, turquoise, pink, even yellow.

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  • Zi-Sunka
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    Originally posted by rodond View Post
    any suggestion on making the dress how many teeth etc
    Usually its what you can afford to buy, and how many rows you need. 100 usually will cover one side, but it is whatever you afford and how far the teeth will be on the dress.

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  • wyo_rose
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    Here's a picture of my gggrandmother's sisters. Katie in the back is wearing an elk tooth cape. There's a better picture showing her by herself, and you can tell it's just a cape worn over her plaid dress. (Looks like plaid was in back then.)
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    Last edited by wyo_rose; 12-29-2009, 04:56 PM. Reason: uploaded wrong pic

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  • wyo_rose
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    Originally posted by wyo_rose View Post

    There's some nice pics of older Crow dresses with real teeth online. When looking for some newer style dresses I found this cool pic. Check out these guys:
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  • dakotapatriot
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    If anyone is interested, I have quite a number (around 200) of cow and calf elk teeth. I plan to keep a handful for a necklace for my daughter when she is old enough, but I really don't know what I would do with the rest.

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  • Chilimama
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    Well, my opinion is that I would think you would have to have the right to wear that kind of dress be it northern or southern style. People seem to copy triibal cultures (dress styles mostly) with no regard as what it means to the tribes or the meaning behind the style of dresses they are copying.

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  • WhoMe
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    Originally posted by rodond View Post
    as was talk about earlier with right to wear a elk tooth dress how do the Commache/Kiowa believe on this

    I just did a workshop on Plains women's dresses this past weekend.

    Both the Kiowa and Comanche were originally Northern Plains and Plateau tribes. While in the northern part of what is now the United States, elk were plentiful. The Kiowa once lived in the area of the Crow near the headwaters of the Yellowstone River. So it is only natural that they used elk's teeth on their buckskin dresses.

    The elk has two teeth that are ivory. It is these two teeth that have particular value. Like the Crow, a dress adorned with elk's teeth had great value.

    As both the Comanche and Kiowa migrated to the southern plains, elk herds were well on their way of becoming depleted in their new homelands. The use of elk's teeth on dresses were replaced by cowrie shells which are similar in size.

    In contemporary times imitation elk's teeth dresses are reappearing at least among the Kiowa.

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  • buckskin pantyhose
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    Stained Teeth Alert!

    Hey Guys,

    I just wanted to add my tooth cents here...aaaaye! (I know i'm cheesy!) A few years ago I made an elktooth dress using the stained teeth from Buffalo Chips. They looked really good, but made a mess of my dress! I'm sure it was my fault because I didn't pre-soak them or put a finish on them before I attached them to my dress BUT as soon as moisture (Humidity, sweat, etc) got to them, the brown rubbed off and bled into my fabric creating a light stained circle on my dress :O
    I took all the teeth off and had my dress drycleaned. They cleaned it at least 4 times and weren't able to completely remove the stain but removed enough so that when i put the teeth back on you couldn't see the spots. I soaked the teeth and they faded significantly but i was okay with that.

    my suggestion...treat your teeth!! Soak em, put a finish on em, do something if you get stained teeth.

    We get all of our teeth at Buffalo Chips as well and i love the resin teeth, i think they look really good.

    Thanks for showing off our picture by the way!! That was a taken at Crow Fair 2007 i think "The Old Elk Girls" :)

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  • rodond
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    as was talk about earlier with right to wear a elk tooth dress how do the Commache/Kiowa believe on this

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  • WhoMe
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    Originally posted by rodond View Post
    who me are you getting this mixed up with a jingle dress?


    ro,

    Naw. It was just a parody of the popular yet untrue belief associated with the jingle dress.

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  • rodond
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    who me are you getting this mixed up with a jingle dress?

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  • tribaltagz
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    Lol!

    Lot of toothless elk running through the woods!

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  • WhoMe
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    Originally posted by rodond View Post
    any suggestion on making the dress how many teeth etc


    365. One for each day of the year..... *L

    Oh and being an environmental culture. Only take what you need and let the elk go....

    *L

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  • tribaltagz
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    When we buy for our family we buy 500 teeth or thereabouts. There isn't a hard and fast rule on how many go on a dress. In the old days it was a sign of wealth and so you put on what you had.

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  • SuzzeQ4
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    thats a beautiful picture.

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