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Native American Regalia

Ashley Ammond
DEC. 1, 2011

In the last issue of the Cleveland Stater, Native American Heritage month, hosted by The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODAMA) and the Native American Student Organization (NASO), was colorfully displayed on the front page.

The picture to go along with the article featured a brightly colored garment, which was referred to as a “costume.” However, the actual name for the garment is regalia.

Regalia is special dress for Native Americans. It’s decoration, jewelry and other paraphernalia, which is worn for different festivities such as Native American festivals, dances, rituals and certain ceremonies.

The regalia is made up of different colors, patterns and beadwork that can specify certain tribes or family in which the person wearing belongs to.
Depending on the festivity the regalia is worn, it can also indicate a person’s marital or political status.
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