This artwortk was based on a photo was taken in 1890 by unknown photographer of a young Lakota Sioux girl.
The Sioux are a confederacy of several tribes that speak three different dialects, Lakota, å Dakota and Nakota. The Lakota, also called the Teton Sioux, are the largest and most western of the three groups, occupying lands in both North and South Dakota.
Although their work was demanding, many Sioux women also found time for amusement. Women had their own social events such as sewing bees, where new clothes or moccasins were made or new covers for tipis. The women would sit and chat as they worked.
In the late nineteenth century, the federal government issued cloth, and women used it for clothing rather than skins, but they trimmed these garments with beads and elk teeth, just as they had decorated the old skin clothing.