Cerimonial Shirt

Although the male Indian's cerimonial shirt, often called the "War Shirt",
was the most splendid part of his apparel, it received limited use because the heavy beadwork was a burden to wear for any length of time.
After the enemy was sighted, this shirt was put on wifh due ceremony.
The owner had his personal medicine fused in the shirt to provide him strong protection, givining him an invulnerable attitude in battle and rousing proper respect from the enemy.
Six strips of Lakota lazy stitch beadwork adorn the shirt along with a beaded border on the bib.
Made with gold elk hide, italian glass trade beads, wool trade cloth, ribbon, tin cones, an imitation eagle feather and abalone discs, the shirt comes with a willow and leather hanger.
Approximately 29" from the neck opening to the bottom of the fringe and 20" across the shoulder.

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