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    Man's Shirt Cut in European Style

    • Cultures: Red River Metis, Native American; or Santee, Sioux, Native American; or Crow, Native American; or Eastern, Sioux, Native American
    • Medium: Buckskin, pigment, fur, colored glass, gilt and silver, cotton cloth, pigment
    • Geographical Locations:
    • Dates: early 20th century
    • Dimensions: at shoulders: 35 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (90.2 x 52.1 cm) at hem: 35 1/2 x 53 3/16 in. (90.2 x 135.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of the Americas
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 41.866
    • Credit Line: By exchange
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Red River Metis (Native American). Man's Shirt Cut in European Style, early 20th century. Buckskin, pigment, fur, colored glass, gilt and silver, cotton cloth, pigment, at shoulders: 35 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (90.2 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 41.866. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, CUR.41.866_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
    • Catalogue Description: Consultants agreed this shirt was probably Metis or Santee (Eastern Sioux) made in the late 1800s. Style derived from Red River Métis sometimes called Eastern Sioux or Crow. Beadwork has long, spidery look i.e. Crow design where the flower sets in. So may be a mix- Métis inspired Eastern Sioux or Crow. Collar was originally navy blue now faded. The shirt might have been made for army personnel, as this was a popular souvenir to acquire.
    • Record Completeness: Good (73%)
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    Recent Comments
    16:47 01/27/2011
    This wonderful buckskin jacket is done in a Hidatsa, Mandan, or Arikara style. It could also very well be Crow. There is a Goodbird sketch of a jacket made by Buffalo Bird Woman in the 1870s done in the same
    beadwork format. She called the style "whiteman's" beadwork as her way of saying floral. She copied a Ft. Berthold officer's frock for the pattern.

    These cuffs appear to be otter and the yellow is yellow ocher rubbed into the hide.

    See: page 233 in Gilbert Wilson's "Hidatsa Horse and Dog Culture AMNH 1924.

    Billy Maxwell
    Material Culture of the Prairie, Plains, & Plateau
    16:53 01/27/2011
    I will add that it is not Metis nor Santee unless you have information on the maker. If the
    maker is from these groups, the style is a straight forward Crow-Hidatsa design.

    Your consultants are in error.

    Billy Maxwell
    MC3P
    20:04 02/7/2011
    As always we welcome input on the collection especially since some items do not have the maker in the collection information! Every contribution is important to building knowledge about the piece. What we do is add this information to the record on a piece along with who contributed it. We don't eliminate the other opinions and in fact, future scholars are interested in knowing the controversies! Thank you for your contribution.
    Susan Kennedy Zeller, Ph.D. Associate Curator Native American Art
    By Susan Kennedy Zeller, Ph.D. Associate Curattr, Native American Art



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