Map of Great Plains with tribes names
Map of Great Plains with tribes names

Diversity

Cultural identity was expressed in a vast range of forms and techniques that were distinctive to specific regions or tribes during certain periods. In the 1830s, the travelling artist George Catlin observed: "There is a striking similarity of costume among these tribes. Yet there are modes of stitching and embroidery in every tribe which may at once enable the traveler who is familiar with these modes to detect or distinguish the dress of any tribe." The footwear made by the different peoples who lived on the Great Plains is testimony to the richness of the cultural diversity to be found across the Plains.
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