Dakota strike-a-light bag

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Description A small Dakota rectangular pouch constructed of stiff brown leather used to carry items for making fire, circa the late 19th or early 20th century. Objects such as these are called strike-a-lights. The pouch has a U-shaped flap that fastens shut with a looped and knotted leather thong. The lower three quarters of the front, top quarter of the back, side seams and flap edge are beaded with lazy-stitched glass seed beads in shades of green, white, blue, red and yellow. The beads form geometric patterns. The flap edge and bottom of the pouch are decorated with a leather thong that is strung with tin jingle cones. The back of the pouch has four parallel rows of tiny punctures. All sewing is done with a brown fiber that appears to be a plant material.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 9.3 centimeters length
5.6 centimeters width
10 inches height overall
5 inches height
2 1/4 inches width
Nomenclature Pouch
Creation Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Made by Dakota Indians
Used by Dakota Indians
Dakota Indians--Fire use
Dakota Indians--Costume
Indian. Clothing. Accessories. Bags & Pouches. Miscellaneous
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1875 - Not later than 1925

Notes Forms part of Jeannette O. and Harry D. Ayer Ojibwe Collection.
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 10000.646

User Comments

  • Agnes Szanyi on February 19, 2012 08:00:28 AM

    Southern Plains, Kiowa-style strike-a-light bag. Circa 1875-1900.

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