Regalia and Clothing
The Blackfoot were very artistic people. They
often decorated their clothing with paint made from nature. They
used iron to make a reddish color and they used minerals to get the colors
green, orange, purple, and yellow. The Gall Bladder of the buffalo was
also used for the colour yellow.
The Blackfoot often used
porcupine quills to decorate their clothing Shells, bones, and claws
from animals were also used for decorations. After the horse
arrived, the horse's hairs were used for strings. Traditionally, sinew
was used for strings and ropes. Sinew was made out of the tendons
The Blackfoot owner of this Scalplock suit from 1840, must
have been not only an outstanding warrior but also a man of great wealth.
For the Blackfoot, some regalia would be created in making a blessing.
In this clothing the warrior is making a blessing to the sun, the weasel and
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