“Their Bearing is Noble and Proud.” presentation by James F. O’Neil. It will be a look at what clothing Native Americans of the 18th Century actually wore. The talk will be based on period quotes, slides of period paintings, engravings, and sketches, and slides of items that are in museums from around the world. We will see that the image presented to the world is far from what the Native Americans looked like in this time period. We will also look at the effect of the fur trade upon the appearance of Native Americans.
James F. O’Neil has a Bachelors in history and masters in education from the University of Dayton. He compiled and edited “Their Bearing is Noble and Proud Vol. I & II”, A collection of narratives regarding the appearance of Native Americans from 1740-1815.