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Showing her style for heart health
7 March 2007

Karen Paetz

RED REGAILIA: United Tribes Extension and Land Grant Programs Director Karen Paetz (Three Affiliated) was one of ten North Dakota women invited to display their clothing style March 7 during the American Heart Association "Go Red" luncheon. She wore her Women's Traditional, Pendleton wool dress, given to her by an aunt. The elegant garment reflects the traditional dress of upper Missouri River tribes. It is adorned with ribbons, bone carved elk teeth, beads, and shells. Karen wears beaded hair ties, barrettes, earrings, hand tooled leather belt, shawl, and "old-style" wrap moccasins made of deer hide. The feather fan and plums worn in her hair had been given to her at an early age, along with the right to wear and carry the feathers. As part of the heart health awareness program, Karen dedicated her appearance to her grandmother, Holy Door, who taught her about Mandan culture and heritage. Karen's grandmother entered the Spirit World in 1969 as result of a heart attack at age 62.

 

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