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Hidatsa Bag

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

A beaded and quilled leather bag. Made by the Hidatsa in the 1890s.

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Ojibwe Gloves

Monday, March 21st, 2016

A pair of Ojibwe leather gauntlets decorated with floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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Dakota Tobacco Pouch

Monday, February 29th, 2016

A Dakota tobacco pouch and pipe stem bag. Both are constructed of buckskin and decorated with beadwork panels and fringed edges. Porcupine quill-wrapped tassels terminating in tinkler cones with horsehair tufts are attached to the mouth of the tobacco pouch; the fringe attached to its bottom is also quill-wrapped. Circa 1900.

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Dakota Child’s Jacket

Monday, February 15th, 2016

A Dakota child’s leather jacket decorated with intricate beaded floral design. Dated to the late 19th, early 20th century.

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Ojiwbe Dance Apron

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

This dance apron or breech cloth was owned and worn by George Peake, also known as Little Moose, an Ojibwe dramatic reader and story teller from the White Earth Nation. Polychrome floral bead work on black velvet, edges bound with red cloth tape, backed with black silk fabric. It forms part of a costume with the vest, 1995.95.1.1. Possibly made by Nora Reedfield of Mankato, MN.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this apron in our collections database.

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Ojibwe Beaded Bag

Monday, December 21st, 2015

An Ojibwe beaded purse with floral design. Dated to the early 20th century.

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Dakota Moccasins

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A pair of Dakota sinew sewn leather moccasins with rawhide sole, circa 1880. They are decorated with glass seed beads in geometric motif in white, green, red, and blues.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view these moccasins in our collections database.

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Plains Beaded Pipe Bag

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

A Plains beaded pipe bag circa the late 19th century. Narrow bands of beadwork decorate the top and side edges. A wider band of geometric pattern beadwork is sewn to the bottom of either side of the pouch, and uses pink, black, orange, red, yellow, green and blue glass seed beads. A quill wrapped thong tied in a bow is attached to the top of the pouch and terminates in a gray metal cone with traces of a gold metallic finish, stuffed with dyed orange feathers at the larger end. Circa 1880.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bag in our collections database.

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St. Louis Collection of American Indian Cultural Material

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015


Recently published online is a large donation from an anonymous donor from St. Louis, Missouri. The collection consists of American Indian cultural material from Minnesota and local regions. Encompassing 258 objects, the collection contains bandolier bags, moccasins, pipe bags and various ceremonial objects.

The majority of the collection was amassed by Alfred “Gafe” Peterson of Cass Lake, MN starting circa 1920 until the donor bought the collection from Gafe in 1974. Some objects are dated to the early 19th century. Unfortunately, the collection did not come with much information regarding its items.

However, one of the bandolier bags and a beaded shirt does have documented history. John Smith, Ka-Be-Nah-Gwey-Wence, also known as the Oldest Living Ojibwe, is seen in multiple photographs wearing the beaded shirt and bandolier bag: in the portrait seen here he is wearing the shirt pictured below. Smith was thought to have lived into his 130s, with many people in the Cass Lake area familiar with him. We have many photographs of Smith wearing traditional Ojibwe beadwork and having the actual objects are a great addition to the collection.

See more pieces from this wonderful collection in Collections Online.

Rita Walaszek, Collections Assistant

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Beaded Belt

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

An Ojibwe belt spot-beaded with a multicolor floral pattern on one side against a light blue background. It has a frayed green cloth tape border and incorporated into the upper right corner of the beadwork is “Ag / tit i/ li / Dom”, possibly the signature of maker A. G. Titilidom. The belt was purchased in the Leech Lake, Minnesota, area in 1970.

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