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June 21, 2012

Lakota trade blanket capote

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Lakota trade blanket capote

Capote, or winter coat, made from a white cotton Hudson’s Bay blanket with black, red, and green border stripes.  May have been made and used by Blackfeet (Sihásapa Lakota) Indians. The coat’s hood and sleeves are fringed and the hood has ribbed red silk cloth binding that forms a tie at the neck.  Created circa 1880.

For details and additional images, view the capote in our online collections database.

To view more examples of Lakota and Dakota material culture, visit Ochethi Šakowiŋ – The Seven Council Fires.

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