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This talking robe is a buffalo robe, to start with. Native Americans sometimes painted their war deeds on their robes so everybody could see their accomplishments. The earlier the robes, the more stylized and simplistic they were. As Native Americans got more advanced, the art on the robes got more sophisticated, too.
This northern plains native wears a calico shirt, which was common; even in the early 1800's they were trade items. His bonnet is made from the hump of the buffalo, because that was where you could find the longest fur. I just loved that thing. It worked well in the painting and I felt very, very good about including it. It gave the painting a very interesting look.