Lakota women wore long deerskin or elkskin dresses. Lakota men wore breechcloths with leggings and buckskin shirts. In bad weather, they also wore buffalo-hide robes.
The Sioux wore a strip of leather in their hair to keep it pulled back. Their clothes were made from animal skins, mostly deerskins. Women and girls wore long dresses and leggings. Men wore deerskin shirts and tight leggings.
The Native American women generally wore skirts and leggings. Often they wore shirts or tunics as well. In some tribes, like the Cherokee and the Apache, the women wore longer buckskin dresses.
These primary colors, as well as other colors, have significance—the four directions are represented by the following colors: Yellow: Stands for East, the direction of the sun. White: Stands for the North. Black: Stands for the West, where the sun sets. Red: Stands for South or the southern sky.
Today, the Lakota are found mostly in the five reservations of western South Dakota: Rosebud Indian Reservation, home of the Upper Sičhánǧu or Brulé. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglála. Lower Brule Indian Reservation, home of the Lower Sičhaŋǧu.
The Teton, also referred to as the Western Sioux, spoke Lakota and had seven divisions—the Sihasapa, or Blackfoot; Brulé (Upper and Lower); Hunkpapa; Miniconjou; Oglala; Sans Arcs; and Oohenonpa, or Two-Kettle.
The Sioux are a confederacy of several tribes that speak three different dialects, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. The Lakota, also called the Teton Sioux, are comprised of seven tribal bands and are the largest and most western of the three groups, occupying lands in both North and South Dakota.
The words Lakota and Dakota, however, are translated to mean “friend” or “ally” and is what they called themselves. Many Lakota people today prefer to be called Lakota instead of Sioux, as Sioux was a disrespectful name given to them by their enemies. There are seven bands of the Lakota tribe.
Religion was part of everyday life for the Sioux. They believed everything had a spirit. There were underwater spirits who controlled all animals and plants. High in the sky, they believed there were spirits called Thunderbirds.
Anasazi Clothing Female Anasazi wove blankets, robes, kilts, shirts, aprons, belts (etc.). They wove the clothes by animal hair and human hair. They also wove thick robes for winter. Anasazi footwear included sandals, moccasins, and possibly snowshoes for winter.
Before the Ojibwa began to trade with Europeans and Americans, they wore clothing made from animal hides, primarily from tanned deerskin. The women wore deerskin dresses, leggings, moccasins, and petticoats made of woven nettle or thistle fibers. The men wore leggings, breechcloths, and moccasins.
Mohawk men wore breechcloths with leggings. Mohawk women wore wraparound skirts with shorter leggings. Men did not originally wear shirts in Mohawk culture, but women often wore a poncho-like tunic called an overdress. Mohawk Indians usually wore moccasins on their feet.
A collection of useful phrases in Lakota Sioux, a Siouan language spoken in parts of the USA and Canada. Useful phrases in Lakota Sioux.
|English||Lak’ota ( Lakota Sioux)|
|Good afternoon (Afternoon greeting)|
|Good evening (Evening greeting)|
|Good night||Hanhepi wašté|
|Good luck!||Tókhi wániphika ní!|
Name. Lakota (pronounced lah-KOH-tah) is the tribe’s name for themselves and may mean “allies” or “friends.” It comes from the Teton word Lakhota, sometimes translated as “alliance of friends.” Another meaning for the name is “those who consider themselves kindred.” The people are also known as Teton Sioux.