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Man's cured hide shirt decorated with quillwork, Venetian glass beads, wool cloth, and fringe. Body of the shirt is of the two-skin style with hair side outward and head section at top.

Ceremonial Shirt
sac̉áasın̉ sám̉x̣

Nez Perce
ca. 1830s – 1840s  

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribal Committee:
"Men's ceremonial shirt, constructed out of at least 3 hides for the body of the shirt and more hides for the fringe. The neckflaps retain the original form of the animal's neck, which is decorated with a rosette of single bundle, quill-wrapped horsehair, edged with black and white glass 'pony' beads. Decorated with quilled shoulder and arm strip, with a unique asymetrical design configuration, as well differing quillwork techniques employed in decorating the shoulder strips. This style of shirt antedates the more common two-hide binary shirt, that predominated by the 1860s."

Deer hide, bison hide, beargrass, porcupine quill, glass beads, horse hair, wool thread. W 163, H 93 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 8760