answersLogoWhite

0

What did the hopewell Indians wear?

Updated: 8/19/2023
User Avatar

Wiki User

∙ 9y ago

Best Answer

a sort of doo-doo coating

User Avatar

Wiki User

∙ 13y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
User Avatar

GAVIN GIBSON

Lvl 1
∙ 7mo ago
no
User Avatar

GAVIN GIBSON

Lvl 1
∙ 7mo ago
kinda
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

∙ 13y ago

Unlike the politically-correct Disney version, the various small tribes of the Powhatan confederacy wore very little.

We have excellent first-hand accounts written by the English explorers, together with paintings and drawings that give a very accurate picture of Powhatan costume.

The men wore an unusual type of breechclout of deerskin; it was apron-like, fringed, draped and tied at the back, leaving the buttocks bare. Some men wore a kind of cape of deerskin, fastened on one shoulder. Leggings were worn when hunting and in bad weather. Men who could not find deerskin simply used leaves or grass fastened to their belts.

Young girls wore only an apron-like deerskin garment which left the buttocks bare; Pocahontas dressed like this. Older women wore a second apron at the back. Their breasts were normally exposed, but they sometimes wore the shoulder-fastened cloak of deerskin.

Both sexes went barefoot, but occasionally swamp-style moccasins were used.

Large, flat pieces of raccoon, otter, weasel, beaver and other skins were made into winter robes; important people wore robes of feathers. "Powhatan's mantle" (which may not have been his) is of deerskin decorated with shells similar to wampum.

Unlike many other tribes, headbands seem to have been common - they could be simple deerskin strips, or twisted cord, or garlands of flowers. Feathered headdress, stuffed birds and stuffed animal skins were worn by warriors.

Both sexes had tattoos on faces, arms and legs; men had tattooed designs on their backs to indicate their village or tribe. Warriors also painted their faces and bodies. Earrings, necklaces and ornaments of shell or stone were worn; men would sometimes wear animal parts such as birds' feet in their ear lobes. One warrior pushed small live snakes into the holes in his ear lobes so they would wriggle and move as he spoke to the explorers (this was probably done for effect and was not usual practice).

All this is a very long way from the distorted Disney version. The first link below takes you to a reconstruction of a Powhatan village, including accurate portrayals of native costume. The second takes you to some of John White's pictures, made around 1585.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

∙ 9y ago

the men and boys had mohawks the wore ornaments from head to toe

the women wore there hair pinned up with bones or wooden dowl with a bun

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

∙ 15y ago

clothes you don't have

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

∙ 11y ago

They wore cloth

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: What did the hopewell Indians wear?
Write your answer...
Submit
Still have questions?
magnify glass
imp