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Plate 666: Cheyenne Costume

Plate 666: Cheyenne Costume


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868–1952)

Glass interpositive plate

Overall: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)

Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.303


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Cheyenne women and girls did the weaving, cooking, family care, cleaning, and other housework, including taking apart the teepees when the tribe relocated.


Edward S. Curtis wrote, “This woman’s deerskin costume, ornamented with porcupine-quill embroidery and with beads and fringe, is characteristic of that of the Cheyenne; but such is now worn only on gala occasions and probably ere very long will be a thing of the past.” By the 1920s, when this picture was taken, the Cheyenne had adopted European dress for everyday life.

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