Otterskin bag
Alternate Title Otterskin bag ()
Midéwiwin bag ()
Otter skin medicine bag ()
Description Otter skin medicine bag with feet and tail trimmed in spot stitch beadwork. The bag consists of an entire otter skin, fur side out, with glass seed beadwork visible on underside. Beadwork is missing from the right front paw. Each of the other paws features geometric beadwork in a rectangle with three beaded hanging strips terminating in short yarn tassels. Beadwork is predominantly white and blue with yellow and red. The bag's opening consists of an elliptical slit at the throat hemmed with cloth. Bag was originally documented as a tobacco pouch or case. Possibly Ojibwe.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 40 1/2 inches length
7 1/8 inches width (widest point)
Nomenclature Amulet
Subjects Used by (possibly) Ojibwe Indians
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Midewiwin
Indian. Containers & Holders. Ceremonial
Dates Use: Not later than 1920

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
Identifiers 567

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