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I'm trying to identify this collection found when cleaning out my mother's home in Connecticut.  I remember bringing it to show and tell when I was little, but don't remember much about it.  Is there a way to tell from the beading which tribe it belongs to and how to tell if it's real.  The small pouch was filled with lazurite stones.


I have more photos showing booties/sash/top/etc

Ti; "Real" can be hard to tell from images, as there are so many really good, non-Indian replica artists and hobbyists out there. But the beadwork appears to have been done in the Lakota/Northern Plains tradition. It is similar work to the kind of beadwork done in the 1890s when the really tiny glass beads became available, but newer work also uses these techniques and materials. If the pieces are of age, the clothing may be lined with calico print cloth and the deerskin leather would have a smoky smell to it. If it isn't that old, it could still be regalia made for trade. There are several powwows in the Northeast every summer, and your mother might have also traveled at some point to collect these items. I would recommend you go to the Indian Arts and Crafts Association website and find one of their affiliate dealers in your area in their listings. They adhere to rigid standards of ethics, and if they have an opportunity to look at these items, first hand, they can probably tell you definitively if they are Indian made or not. Here is the link: </b> Hope this helps.

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.


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