Panel belts, beaded on hard harness leather were a very common form of clothing among the Plateau peoples, and also across the Northern Plains. They are worn by both men and woman. The usual difference in being that the mens tended to be narrow, and the women's belts wide. Today they are still worn, although most now are fairly wide.
In these two photos you can see the belts as they would have been worn. The man in the last photo is the famous Nez Perce' Rodeo rider Jackson Sundown and his wife Cecelia. Not only do I admire him for his riding skills and traditional values, but feel a connection to both him and his wife in a special way. I have had the privilege as a art restorer to have worked on several items he owned and wore and that his wife Cecelia had made. That certainly puts the history of these beautiful people in a very personal perspective for me.