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This has been passed down and it was something my great grandfather owned,can you tell us anything about it,looks like it was all handmade and the fringe was cut by hand,very worn as you can tell from photos
thanks george

It looks like it might be Northern Plains, possibly Cheyenne, but it is really impossible to authenticate any item with only images. You should have the shirt appraised by a specialist. The deerskin seems to be commercially tanned, so that would date it more recently. The braided hair attachments are unusual, unless this was worn by someone who had a day job and had to cut his or her hair -- but it is really just speculation. The shirt may be American Indian made, or it may be a fanciful recreation by a hobbyist. It doesn't look like horsehair at any rate. If the cape is edged with jingle bells, this might have been used in a "fancy dance" or jingle dance. Hope this helps.  

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Richard Sutton


As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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