How to Make a Sacagawea Costume

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Although Sacagawea's name is associated with a grand adventure with Lewis and Clark, her clothing likely resembled that of other Shoshone women of the time. If you are looking for a Sacagawea costume for a party, Halloween or a school play, you could construct one entirely from scratch, but embellishing ready-made clothes is an easier option. Use images of Sacagawea as inspiration.

Things You'll Need

  • Dress
  • Pantyhose
  • Suede moccasins
  • Black wig
  • Rubber band
  • Yarn
  • Decorate a brown, calf-length dress to look like Sacagawea's dress. Choose a loose-fitting, straight dress. Look for a sweater dress or if possible a faux suede dress. Cut 1-inch-long fringe along the bottom edge. Cinch the dress with a plain brown leather belt.

  • Wear a pair of flesh-tone pantyhose and suede moccasins. You can choose a pair of moccasins with any kind of decoration. As an alternative, wear knit, mid-calf slipper boots. Choose a brown or tan color to match the dress.

  • Part a long, black wig down the center. Make two braids in the wig, from the nape of the neck to the ends of the hair, and place a rubber band around each end to hold the braids in place. Wrap lengths of reddish yarn around the bottom 3 inches of each braid. The thickness of the wig will determine how much yarn you need. If you prefer not to use the wig, dye your hair black and braid.

  • Place a baby doll in a papoose or wrap it in a Native American-style blanket. Sacagawea carried her son with her on the trek with Lewis and Clark. Carry a long tree branch or wooden walking stick to represent the journey she took part in.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate the costume with additional fringe or plastic colored beads.
  • Tie feathers into the ends of the braids, if desired.

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References

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