Northern Plains Indian beaded vest with American flags

An example of early 20th century American Indian craftsmanship

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This Lakota man’s hide vest is heavy with extensive beading in a design featuring American flags on the front and back.

Since the 1880s, American Indian artists have used the flag motif as a protective talisman, a mark of honor for warriors, and a profitable decorative element. This vest was likely made for sale to tourists exploring the American West. 

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Northern Plains Indian beaded vest with American flags Artifact from Galveston
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