Hair pipes: literallythe hair tubes is an elongated cylindrical beads. Originally produced by Indians from the core shells and later began to be produced by white settlers to trade with the Indians: in the XVII century of glass and in XVIII - of silver and copper. Metal tubes were not popular, probably because they were too expensive, tubes made of large shells in New Jersey in the late 1700's and appeared on the main land in the early 1800's.
In their early days were more likely to be worn as ornaments for the hair. This area of application for the first time referred to the northern tribes, came to Cheyenne, but by 1880 had ceased to exist.
Were noted as early as 1806, especially those tribes, where most of the men shaved head. Kiowa use copper earrings, each of which hung from one such tube, which in turn held a copper chain with a pendant made of German silver at the end.
Chokers of hair tubes appeared at the middle of the 1800'. In particular, they enjoyed great popularity among the Lakota. Before the advent of bone of Lakota and their neighbors are preferred necklaces of shells dentalium (Dentalium shells).
Brestplait or bibs from animal bones, there has long been used as military armor as on the Plains, so in Woodland, where, most likely, and originally appeared as the technology of manufacturing this type of chest armor.
Another type brestplait - brestplait of shelly tubes were probably invented around 1850 by Comanches.