Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
Passamaquoddy Indians from Washington County traveled to Portland in 1920 to take part in the Maine Centennial Exposition. They set up an "Indian Village" at Deering Oaks Park.
… a tall stack billowing fumes and a very straight bow. However there were others who considered the Morse to be the most beautiful steamer to come…
… and grounds to correspond he is a man who always bows his head to every body he knows whether he is democrat or republican and why or how he is so…
… breasts, stuffed birds, clubs, carved sticks, bows and arrows, etc. -Chisholm’s Mount Desert Guide, 1888 Indian Encampment advertisement, 1880s…