|Men's Northern Traditional|
||The Northern Traditional
dance outfit is almost impossible to define, as many variations have evolved over the years.
All dancers have some sort of headdress: a roach, dog soldier hat, fox/wolf hide, etc. The neck is covered with a choker,
and/or a beaded chest plate or scarf. A ribbon shirt is usually worn, and most dancers wear a long bone breastplate, as well as a bandolier or two. A fully or partially beaded vest or yoke is sometimes worn. A single bustle is worn on the lower back.
Fully or partially beaded front aprons are normally worn, along with matching side tabs. Beaded leg tabs with fringe are worn at the knee, with bells and a small piece of Angora hide at the ankles. Although not as common, leggings can be worn in place of the fur and knee bands. All dancers wear beaded moccasins. Traditional dancers may also wear beaded arm bands and cuffs, and dance with a flat fan or wing fan. In addition, the dancer will carry a dance staff adorned with feathers and other ornaments, and sometimes a shield and/or a pipebag.
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