Sunday, July 14, 2019

From Beaded Moccasins to Glittery Gloves

Native American Beaded Moccasins
One of the things that interested me the most were the items of clothing and other dress accessories that were on display at the museum.   They were garments worn by the various inhabitants of the west, by those who portrayed the west in shows and movies, and others.

Cahuilla Sandals made from yucca, before 1934
I photographed what appealed to me, but, didn't always take careful notes about the items I photographed.

Fringed Collar and a Woman's Moccasin Boots (Cheyenne, 1800s)

Beaded Collars
The beaded collars were part of regalia traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions by the Native Americans in the West.

Chilkat (Tlingit) Dancing Blanket, circa 1875 
Dancing blankets were part of the regalia worn during ceremonial occasions.

Two of Three Chief's Blankets on Display

Part of the Description of Chief's Blankets

Native American Clothing: Red dress with rows of elk teeth, Crow, date unknown; Blue flannel dress with cowrie shells, Arapaho, collected circa 1932.
Child's Dress made of Hide/Leather
Infant's "Naming and Blessing" Dress

Woman's Dress Front

Woman's Dress Back

Officer's Uniform and Sword

Buckskin Coat worn by Captain Jack Crawford  
Captain Jack Crawford (1847-1917).  Union soldier in the Civil War, wounded four times as part of the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteers; moved to the Black Hills region of Dakota Territory, the first newspaper correspondent there.  Later, chief of scouts in Custer's Indian campaigns, and carried news of the battle of Little Big Horn 350 miles in three and a half days.  Ended his frontier career as an agent for the Department of Justice, charged with arresting bootleggers who sold alcohol to North American Indians.  He later joined William "Doc" Carver's wild west show.

Jackets worn by Canadian Traders

Saltillo Serape and Sombrero
Belonged to Governor Pio Pico, mid to late 1800

Woman's Two Piece Outfit, Circa 1885 - Front

Woman's Two Piece Outfit - Back

One of the galleries was devoted to costumes worn by various stars in movies and performers:

Costumes worn by Rex Allen
Costumes in Movies
I am not that much of a movie enthusiast, especially Westerns, so I didn't take a lot of pictures of the movie costumes.

But, I couldn't resist taking a picture (a rather blurry one, I'm afraid) of this display - costumes worn by Michael Jackson, part of a display titled, "How the West was Worn":

The Glittery Glove, the one worn on the cover of Vivo, the last time it was worn
That was my visit to the Auntry Museum, in several posts!  I really enjoyed my visit.  As I said to one of my friends, where else can you find Native American artifacts and Michael Jackson's glittery glove under the same roof? 

Hope you enjoyed visiting the Autry Museum with me. 


  1. I'm guessing that you didn't grow up on Westerns like I did because I would have been very interested in the movie costumes. But you've shown us that there are plenty of other things to see there.

    1. You are right, Live and Learn; I didn't grow up watching Westerns. Maybe, on one of my next visits, I'll take some pictures of the costumes. :) I'm actually considering becoming a member of the museum! A single membership (as opposed to family membership) costs $55 (tax deductible), but, if you join before the end of July, you get a $20 discount. Membership includes unlimited access to the museum, discounts for various events, some free events and member-only events, as well as opportunity to volunteer (you have to be a member to volunteer). It sounds like a good deal, I think.

  2. I have really enjoyed your posts about the museum. I love looking at the vintage clothes, both native dress and early western fashions. Honestly looking at the bustles and all, I think I would have been much more comfortable in the Native American clothes.

    1. Thank you, Anne. Glad you enjoyed the posts. I, too, love to look at vintage clothes. I like to imagine the lives of the people who wore them! Yes, the clothing of the natives (of just about any land) tends to be more suited to the climate. I can't imagine having to wear corsets and layers of petticoats during our summers!

  3. Thank you for our tour around the museum. It looks like a fantastic place to visit. The membership does sound like a good deal, but only if you are sure you will visit enough times to recoup the cost of the annual fee. Will you consider volunteering for the museum?

    1. You are quite welcome, Eileen. I enjoyed sharing my visit with everyone, although I might have gone a bit overboard with the photos! :)

      That's why I am dithering about the membership. I really don't know if I will participate all that much in the various activities they offer, but, I am more likely to want to participate if I have a membership! I did consider volunteering. Maybe I'll join this one time, with the discount they are offering, etc., and see how it goes.

  4. I always love to see the elegant old style full length dresses, but I'm very happy that I don't have to go around in one! I once saw a display of such dresses, often with tiny waists, and there was a diagram to show what the tight lacing of the undergarments did to the internal organs. It is no wonder the women fainted easily!

    1. Those dresses are beautiful, aren't they? Yes, I guess a narrow waist was much desired! It's rather amazing to consider what girls and women had to undergo in order to be considered beautiful and attractive at various times in various people - the Western ideal was a narrow waist, in China, it was tiny feet, in some other countries, it was an elongated neck.


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