Octopus bag
Description An octopus bag, possibly Metis but used by the Dakota, circa the mid-19th century. It has red stroud wool facing on both sides, sewn with complementary bilaterally symmetrical floral designs in tiny seed beads on either face, terminating in eight hanging tabs that are trimmed in blue silk and backed in muslin, each with blue and clear “Russian blue” faceted beads at the ends that stop in tiny wool pompoms. One face of the bag has an ornament hanging from it which consists of a leather thong wrapped with porcupine quills from which hangs an eagle bone whistle that is also entirely wrapped in colored porcupine quills. A second, more modern looking whistle crafted from light colored wood and wrapped in faux polyester “sinew” is also present, but not attached - rather, it looks like something that may have gotten caught on the porcupine quillwork on the bag.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 21 inches length
8 inches width
Nomenclature Pouch
Creation Made by (possibly) Metis
Subjects Collected by: Charles, John H.
Made by (possibly) Metis
Used by Dakota Indians
Red River Valley
Indian. Clothing. Accessories. Bags & Pouches. Pipe & Tobacco
Indian. Music
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Unclassified
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1856 (Date bag was given to J. H. Charles.)
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 2398

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