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Black Elk and John G. Neihardt - Selected Archive Items
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 Anonymous, Poster for Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World (c. 1899),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-2943].
As a young man, Black Elk took part in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. This poster shows a band of Rough Riders battling Cuban insurgents. The famous charge at San Juan Hill had taken place the previous year.
 Anonymous, Boy's moccasins, Lakota (n.d.),
courtesy of the New York State Historical Association, Thaw Collection.
Reservation-period (post-1880) beadwork on these dress moccasins shows how the American flag motif was incorporated into Native American design. This motif has been read as a sign of assimilation or as a way to capture the power of the enemy.
 Mandan and Plains Indians, Moccasins (c. 1850-70),
courtesy of the Portland Art Museum, gift of Elizabeth Cole Butler.
Typical Plains clothing included buckskin aprons, leggings, and moccasins for men and buckskin dresses for women. Buffalo-skin robes were worn in cold weather. Decorated moccasins are common in portraits and photos of Plains Indians.
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