Like all Plains People, the Sioux used all the parts of
the animals they killed. Nothing was wasted.
Hunters brought back deer, elk,
moose, sheep, beavers, mountain lions, coyotes, and rabbits to name a few.
Animals provided food, clothing, and bags to hold arrows, medicines, and
tiniest scraps were kept and used over and over. If
they could not find a useful purpose for something, they used it
women wore dresses made from soft deerskin. They used the soft fur from
rabbits to decorate their clothing.
men wore leggings and gloves. They rarely wore shirts.
Leftover scraps of deer and elk skin were used to
make moccasins. Scraps from other animal skins were used to added decorative
fringes to clothes and to moccasins.
Robes: The men wrapped buffalo furs over their
shoulders. They could not be buttoned or fastened. These fur garments were
called buffalo robes.
women and men wore a lot of jewelry made of sea shells, metal, and beads.
The men wore necklaces and sometimes arm bands. The women wore earrings and
Men had to earn the right to wear a grizzly bear claw necklace
through an act of bravery.
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