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    The headdress is what we most associate with the Native American Indian. It's not only colorful, but unique to their culture. Not all Indians wore the headdresses we associate with those of the plains. The woodland Indians of Eastern US for instance wore simple or even no headdress since such displays of extravagance would only become entangled in the dense forms of nature which was the environment they lived in. Here you'll find a collection of interesting headdresses that might give you an idea or two if you're looking to make one for yourself.




    Native Americans were not violating nature in their style of dress and their behavior, they were imitating nature and making the best use of what nature has to offer. The white man, in order to adapt to his new surroundings found that he had to take on the attitudes and the apparel of those who lived in the area and had learned the ways of the land. The foremost of these white adventures were the mountain men, the beaver pelt hunters who spent the years living alone with nothing but their rifle and their traps.

        In this section you'll find the more elaborate of the costumes I've made over the years, as well as what I did to imitate those imitations of the Native Americans, costumes I made for myself after the fashion of the mountain man

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    Some costumes worn by the Native American were elaborate and colorful and easily identifiable with that culture. But for general use the people of the plains and elsewhere wore their daily work clothes, just as do we of modern civilization. In this section you will find some less elaborate and simple to make costumes, although some like the cape to your left appear to be more elaborate than simple. 




    Clothing is not the only symbol we associate with the native American, there are such things as the tepee and the tomahawk. In this section you'll find a collection of paraphernalia used by the American Indian, some simple to make, and others on the complicated side. If you're looking to equip your little Indian for a special occasion, you might come upon an idea or two on this page.



  Native Americans are not the only ones who wore clothing we seek to imitate. Costumes come in all shapes and sizes, and depict a great variety of ages and cultures. In this section you'll find a sampling of those other cultures such as the musketeer costume to the left, and fencing uniforms as worn by our Olympic swordsmen.   



    One of the reasons I have so many costumes is that I have a lot of interests. One of those interests was also my mode of income. I, as a portrait artist, gathered a collection of costumes to have on hand that I used in my profession. I would photograph my client in a costume of their choice (usually having to make the costume they wanted to be posed in before the job could even be started), then paint from the picture. As the youngster illustrated in the picture demonstrates, the call for a costume can extend over a great range of styles and sizes. In this section you'll find a sample of what I had accumulated over the years.



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