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Photo of a man and a girl looking at a dress on display
Painter Van St. John and his daughter Jane, of the Crow Creek Sioux, admire a dress made by Jackie Parsons, of the Blackfeet, at the Northern Plain Tribal Arts Exposition of 1999

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Northern Plain Tribal Arts Exposition
A Local Legacy

How can you tell that a Native American made the dress in the photo? Is it because Native Americans have a unique style of traditional dress?

The Northern Plains Indians have artistic traditions that they want to preserve. Every September in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, they hold the Northern Plains Art Expo to display and promote their artwork. The event features the works of about 100 Native American artists from 33 tribes of the Northern Plains states. The Expo has attracted about 5,000 visitors each year, including art collectors from around the world. Nationally acclaimed experts in the field of Native American art act as judges in the show.

Each year an artist is selected as the event's promotional artist. The artist's work is featured on posters, brochures, and T-shirts. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the outstanding artist in the categories Best of Fine Arts and Best of Tribal Arts. The Art Expo is sponsored by American Indian Services, an organization that works to promote Native American people's unique customs.

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