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Prior to the European invasion, the Indian people of the Plateau area—roughly the area between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest—decorated their clothing and other items with paintings, with beads made from shell, animal teeth, bone, and other items, and with porcupine quills. Shown below are some Plateau Indian artifacts which are on display at the museum at the Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo, Montana.

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Shown above is an example of quill work. The design is made from porcupine quills.

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Shown above is a parfleche: a large leather envelope.

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Shown above is a feather bustle that was often used as a part of a dance outfit.


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Originally posted to Native American Netroots on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:26 AM PDT.

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