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What did the Paiute Indians wear?

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Paiute Indians wore breach cloths or skirts made from animal hides, buckskin or cliffrose bark depending on the weather. When the weather turned cool, they wore robes or capes made from rabbit skin.

According to the Utah Paiutes Organization, the Paiutes often wore nothing at all or the women wore skirts without an upper covering during some of the year's hottest weather. Occasionally, they traded with other tribes for colored cloth. During ceremonial dances, Paiutes dressed in traditional garb. The men wore sheep horns or feathers on their heads. Paiutes also wore their hair long, only cutting it while in mourning.

Paiutes are roughly divided into the Northern Paiutes and the Southern Paiutes. The Northern Paiutes lived from what is now western Nevada and eastern Oregon to central and east California. The Southern Paiutes lived in southern Utah, Nevada and California to northwestern Arizona. While the Northern Paiutes were aggressive and warlike, fighting those who attempted to settle in their territory, the Southern Paiutes were more peaceful. They were called "Diggers" because they lived largely off of the roots they dug. They also supplemented their food stores from hunting and fishing. Paiutes still live largely on reservations in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California and Oregon.


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