"An Indian, in his native garb, was standing there"
Native American leggings and moccasins
GNU Free Documentation LicenseNative American leggings and moccasins - Credit: Dellex
Ceremonial buckskin shirt
Public DomainCeremonial buckskin shirt - Credit: Nez Perce National Historical Park

When the Puritan settlers first arrived, the Massachusetts Bay area was the home of Algonquian tribal groups the Wompanoag, Massachusett and Nauset. Details of dress varied but, broadly speaking, the Algonquian men favored breechcloths made from cured animal hides that were worn around the waist. Buckskin leggings provided additional cover in colder weather, as did mantles made from raccoon, otter or beaver fur. Women wore wrap-around skirts, ponchos and fur mantles. Outfits were adorned with woven or painted belts, dyed porcupine quills and shells, and footwear took the form of moccasins. Needless to say, this was about as far removed from the modest clothes of the Puritans as it was possible to get, and confirmed to the settlers that the Native Americans were savage heathens in need of civilizing.

Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees (1821)
Public DomainYoung Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees (1821) - Credit: Charles Bird King