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Description A small dark brown Dakota leather pouch is solidly beaded with lane-stitched geometric beadwork on the front, circa the 19th century. The pouch has four sides and is wider at the bottom, and has a semicircular top flap that hangs down in front. The leather is probably commercially tanned and recycled from another use. The beadwork features red, clear, blue, green and black glass beads on a white bead background. Leather thong laced with tin jingle cones fringe the bottom edges of the flap and pouch on both front and back. Two braided leather tassels are suspended in each of the two bottom corners. The flap can be tied shut with a leather loop and a leather strip laced through the pouch that is decorated with a large animal tooth, probably elk. The lower back side of the pouch is incised with vertical lines. All sewing is done with sinew. Pouch may have been worn at the waist.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 13 inches length
5 1/2 inches width
2 inches depth
Nomenclature Pouch
Creation Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Made by Dakota Indians
Used in Vineland, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States
Used by Mille Lacs Indian Museum
Dakota Indians--Costume
Indian. Clothing. Accessories. Bags & Pouches. Miscellaneous
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1800 - Not later than 1899

Notes Forms part of Jeannette O. and Harry D. Ayer Ojibwe Collection.
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 10000.594

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