Northern Plains Indian beaded vest with American flags
An example of early 20th century American Indian craftsmanship
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.
Courtesy The Bryan Museum, Galveston
Clothing and Accessories
Time Period: 1866 - 1936
This artifact is not on view.