images of Native Americans are as iconic as that of a historic
Plains Indian man wearing a fringed shirt, riding across the prairie
on his trusty horse. This stereotypical image, etched into the
minds of people across this country and Europe, and has been the
object of many romanticized novels and television. Fortunately,
that image is only one insignificant interpretation of the role
of Plains Indian shirts; in reality, they act as a symbol of status,
honor, and tradition for Plains Indian culture.
exhibition, "Beauty, Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains
Indian Shirts", explores the importance of these garments to
traditional Plains Indian culture from a variety of perspectives.
Through interviews with tribal elders and archival research, this
exhibition demonstrates how these objects fit into the Plains Indian
world. In a rare curatorial collaboration between the National Museum
of the American Indian-Smithsonian Institution and the Minneapolis
Institute of Arts, "Beauty, Honor, and Tradition" features
forty-three Plains Indian shirts created by twenty-two tribes, all
drawn from the one million object collection of the National Museum
of the American Indian.
Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts
Sunday, February 22 Minneapolis Museum of Art
2:00 PM 3:00 PM
George P. Horse Capture On the opening day of the exhibition, "Beauty,
Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts,"
George Horse Capture (A'aninin), National Museum of the American
Indian's deputy assistant director of cultural resources, will discuss
the exhibition. Featuring forty-four powerful Plains Indian shirts,
the show explores the beauty, power, history, iconography, construction,
and materials of Plains Indian shirts from the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. In nineteenth-century communities from southern Canada
to northern Texas, these shirts were made to honor warriors and
tribal leaders, and to adorn spiritual leaders. George P. Horse
Capture curated the exhibition with his son, Joe D. Horse Capture,
Associate Curator of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Minneapolis
Institute of Arts.