Native American (Lakota)

Object Place: North or South Dakota, United States


127 x 78.74 cm (50 x 31 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather, fur, human hair, beads, and fabric of wool and cotton

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Yellow painted deer skin. Body of shirt retains deer leg shape at hemline front and back. Arms stitched at wrist, open from wrist to hem with thong closers. Geometric beading in long rectangles running length of arms, across shoulder front waist to back waist and square front and back neck. Ermine and human hair appendages along beadwork.


1917, purchased from Fred Harvery, Indian Building, Albuqueque, New Mexico by Senator Marcus Allen Coolidge and Ethel Warren Coolidge; by inheritance to their daughter, Louise Coolidge Carpenter; 1991, gift of Louise Coolidge Carpenter to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Louise C. Carpenter in memory of her parents, United States Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge.