Beads in Old West Trade

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Beads in Old West Trade

Natural materials, glass, etc.
A look at the role of beads and the beads themselves, in Old West Trade.

Prior to contact with European culture, Native Americans used a broad spectrum of endemic materials to make beads by various methods. Indian art, decoration and adornment modified locally according to availability and tradition, often including definite color preferences.


Bead Materials
Shell Beads
Seed Beads (plants)
Stone Beads
Wood Beads
Trade Beads (glass)
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