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Native American Bandolier Bag
Native American Bandolier Bag
Resource Typeimage
TitleNative American Bandolier Bag
Coverage / YearGreat Lakes region; c. 1885
DescriptionA bandolier bag is a large pouch with a long continuous strap. This one is made of deerskin. The panel between the strap and pouch is covered with black velvet. Along the bottom edge are wool yarn tassels and loops of beads. The entire bag is covered with beaded decoration in bold floral and foliate designs. The flowers on the pouch are worked in red and blue flowers with green leaves, all on a white background.
InterpretationIn the 19th century, Native Americans invented a new type of square bag attached to a wide strap ("bandolier") copied from the type of cartridge belt which European soldiers wore over one shoulder. These bags became fashionable among Wisconsin and Minnesota men about 1850 for use in ceremonies and dances. The decoration was done in porcupine quills, beadwork or embroidery with wool yarn and became increasingly more elaborate. Floral motifs such as we see on this bandolier bag were not indigenous (native or original) to Native Americans; they borrowed them from the European settlers.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; Celebrations and Festivals; Westward Expansion; Native American Stories;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts;
Author or CreatorNative American, probably Ojibway Tribe;
SourceDonated to the Lakeview Museum by Bruce Stewart;
Subject / KeywordsPouch; Bags; Native American; Indians of North America; Beads; Celebrations; Decorations; Bandoliers
Collection PublisherLakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierLVM2000.015;
CONTENTdm file name6715201972002_NatAmerbandbag.jpg
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