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Octopus bag
Description Octopus bag or pouch made of red trade wool with spot-stitched beadwork. Its shape, which features eight slender arms or fingers, is suggestive of an octopus; the end of each of the arms is decorated with beads and wool tassels. A wood whistle and a bone flute are attached to the top of the bag via leather thongs wrapped in porcupine quills. The flute is itself wrapped in quills. The bag appears to have originated among the Red River Metis, but was reportedly given to John H. Charles of Sioux City, Iowa by the Dakota.
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
Red River Valley
Used by Dakota Indians
Indian. Clothing. Accessories. Bags & Pouches. Pipe & Tobacco
Indian. Music
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Unclassified
Dates Content: Not earlier than 1856 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
ID Number 2398