LiveauctiontalkCom Highlights Plains Indian War Shirt On The Block

Released on: February 5, 2008, 4:55 am

Press Release Author: Rosemary McKittrick

Industry: Consumer Services

Press Release Summary: Rosemary McKittrick covers the auction market worldwide in
her weekly column. If it's happening at auction she's writing about it.

Press Release Body: Santa Fe, NM, Feb 05,2008--The American Indian is of the soil,
whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the
landscape.He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers and he belongs just as
the buffalo belonged." Luther Standing Bear, Oglala, Sioux

Before the white man came, the clothing Native Americans wore cam e directly from
the animal kingdom. Elk, moose, buffalo, mountain sheep and antelope hides were sewn
together with bone awls and sinew.

Peyote rattles, grizzly bear claws and golden eagle feathers were as much a part of
their everyday lives as wallets and cell phones are today.

When the Indians were herded onto reservations and forbidden to practice their
customs many of their possessions went to private collectors. Today we call these
prized objects--art. But if you scour Native American languages no word comes close
to our definition of art.

The idea of creating art for its own sake was crazy to them. For traditional Native
Americans, there was no separation between life and art. There was no separation
between what was beautiful and what was functional.

They lived day-by-day, off the land, as an act of faith. Their spirituality,
clothing, ceremonies, sacred objects, were entwined with life. No words were needed
to separate them.

All that changed. The buffalo, essential to their existence, were slaughtered. The
source of all their needs from food and clothing to tools, ornaments and cooking
utensils virtually vanished. With th e destruction of the herds came the destruction
of traditional Native American ways of life.

The artifacts left behind tell the story of Plains Indians' culture. They include
everything from children's clothes and women's dresses to men's ceremonial or "war"
shirts and buffalo robes.

On Sept 23, Skinner Auctioneers in Boston, Mass., offered a selection of vintage
Native American clothing including a Plains Indian war shirt in its American Indian
& Ethnographic Art sale. A Plains Indian War Shirt; sold for $303,000.
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Santa Fe , NM 87507
United States.
505-989-7210 (p)

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