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Catalog Number 11284-7-(1-3)
Title Botas, Leggings, Pair W/ Ties; Set 11284- 4, 7, 8
Object Name Legging
Description One pair of leggings or "botas" made of leather and decorated with floral beaded motifs. The botas are made of rectangular pieces of leather that have round half circle shapes stitched to the tops. These half circles are folded over to form exaggerated flaps at the top of each legging. The edges of each legging are trimmed with leather. The curved flap edges are trimmed with green cotton fabric. The inner edges of each bota are decorated with red wool stroud cloth. The cloth is cut into a serrated shape along the straight edges, and cut into a straight band along the curved edges. The white selvage of the stroud cloth is visible on the serrated pieces. The fronts of the legging, top and bottom, are decorated with abstract floral beadwork. The beadwork is done in a Woodland style an features spindly bud, seed and floral shapes on thin white stems. The beads are attached to the leather with running stitch, sinew and thread. The beads used in the design are white, pink, clear green, clear red, medium blue, pale blue, yellow and navy blue. The insides of the leggings are lined with a cream colored, thick cotton or linen woven fabric. This pair of leggings includes a leather thong with two beaded tassels on the ends. This thong is used to secure the leggings/botas to the leg.
Date 1891
Year Range from 1891
Year Range to 1891
Culture North American Indian
Material leather, glass beads, wool, cotton or linen, thread
Used Gordon; Sheridan County
Height (in) 20
Width (in) 24.625
People Towle, Charles L.
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
Event Wounded Knee?
History According to the donor's family history, collected by Charles L. Towle. Charles supposedly participated in Wounded Knee according to family history. Towle was a member of the Nebraska National Guard. 1891 lists show that he was a First Lieutenant in Company K, Second Infantry. Although the Nebraska National Guard was not involved at Wounded Knee, they were mobilized afterward and stationed in northwest Nebraska. Company K was stationed at Gordon, Nebraska.
Credit line Mrs. Roy V. Anderson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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