Native American war shirts
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WAR SHIRTS, CEREMONIAL SHIRTS, SCALP SHIRTS

War Shirts of the Native American Indian / Plains Indian - Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, Crow, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Blackfeet, Nez Perce', Ute, etc.
(Ceremonial Shirts / Scalp Shirts / War Shirt)
war shirt info
SCALP SHIRT, WARRIOR'S

Culture: SIOUX, LAKOTA, OGLALA
Deer Skin, human hair locks, glass beads, wool cloth, etc $5700

SEE BACK OF SIOUX SCALP SHIRT - PAGE 2

Replica of Chief Black Bird's Shirt (Oglala Sioux)
ogala sioux war shirt
BRULE SIOUX WAR SHIRT
Native American (Plains Indian) war shirt

THIS REPLICA IS BASED ON BLACK BIRD'S WAR SHIRT
WITH A LARGER MEDALLION This is the back of the shirt. The front is
similar with a green medallion.

$7200

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s set a new record (for the original shirt) in May 2011 for a piece of American Indian Art at auction when an Oglala Sioux Beaded and Fringed Hide War Shirt which once belonged to the famous and celebrated Sioux Chief, Black Bird sold to an anonymous buyer for $2,658,500

BRULE SIOUX WAR SHIRT (front of shirt) Replica of a Brule Sioux Buckskin War Shirt from the Museum of the American Indian, New York. $5700

The War Shirt
The original shirt wearers earned the right to wear War Shirts through great acts of bravery and deeds that were incorporated into the designs. Over a warriors lifetime, he would probably have owned more than one shirt. Some War Shirts were also thought to possess intrinsic spiritual powers which were transferred to the wearer. Buffalo hide was too thick to use, so the maker used Elk or deerskins. However, the ideal hides came from mountain sheep that roamed the Rocky Mountains to the Missouri River and beyond. After the shirt was made, it could be decorated in many ways. Four strips of quill work or beadwork could be attached extending over the shoulders and hanging midway down the back, the other two strips attached to the sleeves next to the shoulder strips. Neck tabs or facings on back and front of the shirt were also seen on Plains IndianWar Shirts. Some tribes used square-shapes while others used pointed tabs or other shapes. Rosettes are often found on the early shirts in the middle of the chest and back. Hair from humans or horses often extended from the quilled arm strips and down the outside of the shoulder strips. Shirts with hair have been called scalp shirts, but they were only made with hair locks. Sometimes the same areas were decorated with fringe providing the flowing motion and a luxurious richness to the shirt. A shirt could also be filled with vivid paintwork or pictographic artwork


Early shirts were painted and decorated with quillwork and bigger beads. In the last part of the 19th century, shirts became more colorful with smaller beads and more intricate designs.

Back of Brule' Sioux War Shirt
Crazy Horse War Shirt
Shirt is loosely based on the Lakota war shirt presented by Little Big Man, who said it allegedly had once belonged to Crazy Horse, or that it had at least been worn by him. According to family history however, the shirt cannot have belonged to the great Lakota chief, who never kept scalps he took in war but instead left them upon the ground

Crow Indian ShirtCrow shirt with painted Thunderbird

Lakota
Crow War Shirt

CROW HAIR FRINGED SHIRT

Although the Smithsonian Institute records the original shirt as Crow - some scholars say that it is probably of Arapaho or Cheyenne origin dating from around 1880 $5600

more plains indian war shirts

see also...
PLAINS JACKETS

FRONTIER SHIRTS / FRINGED SHIRTS

Crow (back of shirt)

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