Gelatin and silver print cabinet card of Henry Enos (Ma sham key low nee) wearing traditional Native American dress, in studio setting.
This man, Henry Enos (Ma-sham-key-low-nee), is dressed in the traditonal clothing of the Nimiipuu in this particular time period (c.a. late 19th and early 20th Century).
sám’x- ordinary shirt
xe’xépil- man's leggings
cepéek’ilkt- breech cloth
wehéyqt- loop necklace
sam’áwas q’alawníin- beaded belt
temesúulkit’es- belt drop
tukéepsitke’s- arm band
cúuyesitke’s- belt bag
‘icalámx- the cut bangs combed into a pompadour, common hairstyle for men in Nez Perce country and the Columbia Plateau. This hairstyle is connected to the ipnúucililpt or waaláhsat (Seven Drums) teachings and was painted during special ceremonies and occasions.
The tukéepsitke’s (arm band) on this man's arm looks like hímiin (wolf) fur, but these pieces have more meaning than to be just an arm band. These pieces were connected to their wéeyekin (power) and they were also like a protection and honored the spirit of which their power came from. These items were very common for the men to be wearing on the arm and there are times where they can be decorated very elaborately, but their purpose was not only for decoration.