americani e indiani – interscambio di costumi

Native American clothing depended on the area they lived. America Indian hairstyle (= stile di acconciatura) varied. We usually think of them with  feathered eagle-feather warbonnet (= copricapo da guerra con piume d’aquila), by their headdress (= copricapo) depended on the tribes or clans they belonged to(= a cui appartenevano) . There was not a Native American haircut but a Blackfoot haircut, a Cherokee  haircut etc. Feathered war bonnets are still the best-known Indian headdresses, but they were not the most commonly used.

Moreover, after colonization, native American clothing began to change. The different tribes started living together in the lands they were forced to move (= verso le quali furono obbligati a trasferirsi) and they began borrowing 

(= a prendere a prestito) some of each other’s tribal dress. They also started adapting European costumes to their own styles decorating clothing and garments with  their beadwork, embroidery, and designs (= ornamenti con perle, ricami e disegni) .

Also white men borrowed clothing from the Native Americans. The  Buckskins, for example, derive from deerskin (= pelle di daino) clothing worn (= to wear, ; indossato) by Native Americans. They consists of  a jacket and leggings, made from buckskin, a softsueded leather (= pella scamosciata) from the hide (= cuoio) of deer (= cervo)  or elk (= alce). They usually have a fringe (= frangia). The fringes were used as a series of wicks (= scoli) that dispersed the water and permitted  the garment (= il vestito) to dry faster (= asciugarsi) when it was wet (= umido). 

They were popular with mountain men and other frontiersmen (= uomini di frontiera) for their warmth and durability (= durata) and they became  in fashion during the 1970s.