Review: ‘The Plains Indians,’ America’s Early Artists, at the Met

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“Painted robes, covered with figures and symbols and accessorized with leggings and gloves, became storyboards of oral history and epic adventure. One monumental example from the Branly collection, fittingly known as the Grand Robe, depicts, in more than a dozen episodes and with a cast of some 60 figures, the Homeric exploits of two Lakota warriors. There are debates over the gender of the artists of certain robes. But in general, paintings and drawings were done by men, and tanning, sewing and beadwork by women. And outstanding examples of beadwork, positioned throughout the show, glow with a kind of self-generated light.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/13/arts/design/review-the-plains-indians-americans-early-artists-at-the-met.html?_r=0

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