Pair of men's leggings made from cured unsmoked deerskin with porcupine quill decorated side panels and fringe decorations.


Nez Perce
ca. 1830 – 1845

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribal Committee:
"Hide Leggings were the aboriginal attire for men and were constructed from 1 hide, per legging, utilizing the natural shape of the hide that was used construct this item. This was to pay respect for the animal that provided for our people, by retaining the natural qualities and character of the natural shape of the hide and animal. They are also decorated with quilled strips, which was the antecedent to use of glass trade beads as decoration."

Deer hide, porcupine quill, sinew. L 118 cm, W 64 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 8751