In finding out that my great great great grandfather was a pirate, i also found out he married an Lenape Indian woman, and they had my great great grandpa, Masculine Foraker. I’ve been reading about the Lenape, or Delaware Indians, and recently found that the Lenape were true Native American trend-setters.
The early European settlers, especially the Dutch and Swedes, were surprised at the Lenape’s skill in fashioning beautiful articles of clothing from natural materials. Of course, in hot weather both men and women wore only loin cloth and skirt respectively, while beaver pelts or bear skins served as winter mantles. Additionally, both sexes might wear buckskin leggings and moccasins in cold weather. Deer hair, dyed a deep scarlet, was a favorite component of headdresses and breast ornaments for males. However, the Lenape also adorned themselves with various ornaments made of stone, shell, animal teeth, and claws. The women often wore headbands of dyed deer hair or wampum. They also meticulously painted their skin skirts or decorated them with porcupine quills. These skirts were so elaborately appointed that, when seen from a distance, they reminded Dutch settlers of fine European lace. The winter cloaks of the women were even more striking. These outer garments were fashioned entirely from the iridescent body feathers of wild turkeys. ::via Wiki