What Were the Cheyenne Indians’ Clothes Like?

The Cheyenne mostly wore elk, deer, and buffalo skin clothing and shoes embellished with porcupine quills and shells. Small chunks of bone and animal teeth were also used. Because it was light, soft, and flexible, deerskin was the most favoured sort of clothing. Men wore buckskin breech cloths and shirts, while ladies wore long deerskin gowns.

Men’s war garments were adapted from those worn by other Plains tribes. To remain warm throughout the winter, the Cheyenne added leggings and animal furs to their costumes. The men wore moccasins while the women wore towering leather boots. Fringed clothing was worn by both Cheyenne men and women. The fringes helped swat away flies when they moved in the breeze. If they needed to secure an object, such as an arrow, they could do it with the fringes from their garments.

The Cheyenne males wore feather headdresses at first, and afterwards long battle bonnets like the rest of the Plains people. The Cheyenne wove outfits and painted their faces with unique paint for special occasions, although this was unusual and meaningful because there were little materials available for this form of clothing. Leather, bone, and shell jewellery were also worn at times.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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