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Midewiwin medicine bundle remnants
Description Remnants of an otterskin Midewiwin medicine bundle, comprising the tail (.1) and two pairs of feet (.2-.5). The remnants were collected in Dakota Territory and all feature symmetrical spot stitch beadwork with a boarder of white seed beads. On the tail (.1), beads are arranged in a row of circles topped with tear drop shapes in predominantly yellow, pink, red and green beads. On the paws (.2-.3), beads are arranged in looping rows of white, blue, pink, yellow and red beads with clear beads in ovals at the center. On the second set of paws (.4-.5), beads are arranged in a floral motif including white, blue and pink beads with yellow, red and white beads outlining the pattern.
A set of beaded wool tabs from the feet and tail of a traditional otterskin Midewiwin bag. The tabs feature abstract beaded images in a cascading effect on wool with silk ribbon edging. The style appears to me to be Ojibwe or Menominee c. 1850.
Quantity 5 items
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 15 1/2 inches length (.1)
3 1/2 inches width (.1)
3 1/2 inches height (.2 - .5, each)
2 1/2 inches width (.2 - .5, each)
Nomenclature Bag (container)
Creation Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Source: Henry Hastings Sibley Expedition
Made by Dakota Indians
Collected in Dakota Territory, United States
Indians of North Ameruca--Dakota Territory--Costume
Indians of North America--Dakota Territory--Beadwork
Dakota Indians--Beadwork
Dakota Indians--Costume
U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
1863 Dakota Expedition
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Midewiwin
Dates Creation: Approximately 1863
Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 6167.8.1-5