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Ghost Dance shirt
Description Buckskin shirt of the type used by dancers participating in American Indian Ghost Dance ceremonies. In some Lakota Sioux communities, Ghost Dance shirts were believed to protect their wearers from enemy bullets, and were thus worn by warriors during battle. The arms of the shirt are attached to the trunk with buckskin thongs; buckskin fringe decorates the sleeve cuffs and bottom edges. Eagle feathers decorate the sleeves and top shoulder edge.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 29 5/16 inches width shoulder width
35 1/4 inches length center back length
Nomenclature Shirt
Creation Made by (possibly) Lakota Indians
Subjects Source: Ayer, Jeannette Ora Foster
Made by (possibly) Lakota Indians
Used by (possibly) Lakota Indians
Indian. Clothing. Outerwear. Shirts
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1889 The first Ghost Dance took place in 1889.
Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 10000.633