North America

Costa Rica (Central America)

Hand painted, wood oxcarts were once the most important means of transporting goods and people, and they are now a popular symbol of this country.

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Sarchi Ox Carts
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Tico Times


From the state of Jalisco come these dancers made of corn husks, illustrating the most widely recognized dance costume of Mexico. To fully appreciate the pageantry of Jalisco dancing, we recommend that you attend a Mexican folkloric performance in your area.

U.S.A. Apache People

This Apache woman from the state of Arizona wears a beaded T-collar/necklace and a beaded cape/shawl.  The T-collar was first used at the beginning of the 1900’s by the Western Apache women.

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Galen Fry (singer)

U.S.A. Cheyenne People

The Cheyenne were a nomadic people of the Plains.  This warrior’s bone breast plate, rather than being used for protection, was an indicator of wealth and prestige.  His black face paint was a sign of victory, and his shield protected him with its symbols and spiritual “medicine”.

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Detroit Institute of Arts: Cheyenne – Men’s Shirt & Shield

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