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In American Indian cultures, art is not separate from daily life. Traditionally, the things people used in their everyday life—clothing, tools, housing, containers—were often decorated to enhance their beauty and their spirituality. 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. With the European invasion, new decorative elements became available to the Indians: glass beads. These beads were quickly adopted into the cultures and began to replace and supplement both painting and quilling. The Plateau Indians soon became well-known for their fine bead work. Shown below are some examples of Plateau Indian beadwork which are on display at the museum at the Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo, Montana.  

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Gloves:

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Originally posted to Native American Netroots on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:23 AM PDT.

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