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Lakota trade blanket capote

Capote, or winter coat, made from a white cotton Hudson's Bay blanket with black, red, and green border stripes. May have been made and used by Blackfeet (Sihásapa Lakota) Indians. The coat's hood and sleeves are fringed and the hood has ribbed red silk cloth binding that forms a tie at the neck. Created circa 1880.


For details and additional images, view the capote in our online collections database.


Featured on the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections Up Close blog on June 21, 2012 (the link will not be viable until that date).


To view more examples of Lakota and Dakota material culture, visit Ochethi Šakowiŋ - The Seven Council Fires.

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Taken on February 16, 2012