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Bandolier Bag

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

A large beaded bandolier bag with flower/bird designs and includes the initials “MF” sewn into the top of the strap.

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Beaded Bag

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

A small leather drawstring bag with beaded floral designs, made in Blackduck, MN sometime in the early 1900s.

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Ojibwe bandolier bag with front pocket. Pocket panel of loomed glass seed beads has geometric motifs, is attached to cloth backing and features integrated tabs finished with wool yarn tassels. Area above the pocket features a spot-stitch embroidered floral motif. Loomed seed bead panels are attached to cloth strap. Associated with the World’s Columbian Exposition and Becker County Indian Industries. Circa 1890s.

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Beaded Jacket

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A Dakota beaded jacket purchased by personnel of Camp Kamaji on Cass Lake, Minnesota in the 1910s.

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Sample Card of Beads

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Sample Card of Beads

A cardboard card strung with one hundred nine short rows of different color and size glass beads. “AMERICAN BEAD COMPANY INC./ BEADS/ IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF NOVELTIES/ 485 Fifth Avenue [dot] NEW YORK” is printed at the top of one side of the card. To the left of each row of beads is printed a number(s) representing color or size. Three rows have “bright” penciled next to them, several have penciled checkmarks. The card is a sales sample that was in stock at the Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post, Onamia, MN. Circa 1919.

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

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Plains Cree tobacco pouch

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Plains Cree tobacco pouch

This buckskin pipe bag has beadwork on the lower half that is sewn on heavy cotton canvas and applied; ribbon binds the top edges of the bag. The beadwork and general shape of the bag indicate its origin with the Plains Cree, made in the early 1900s.

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

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Ojibwa Bandolier Bag

An Ojibwe loom-woven beaded bandolier bag with geometric flower designs; circa 1890-1930.

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Beaded Smoking Jacket

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Beaded Smoking Jacket

A smoking jacket given to Stafford King in the early 1920s at his induction into the White Earth Band of Ojibwa. Jacket is of chocolate brown velvet with a black velvet collar, a frog and cord front closure and “‘The Hastings’/ BENEDICT & TURNER” label on interior. Appliqué includes floral beadwork and tin jingle cones on the collar, floral beadwork on the cuffs, and jingle cones and other tinwork stitched at the breast and hips.

This jacket can be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

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Beaded drawstring bag

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Beaded drawstring bag

A large beaded leather drawstring bag with six metal ornaments and blue wool yarn. The bag is either Cheyenne or Dakota (probably Teton) and is from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, N.D. Circa 1900.

This bag can also be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

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

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New Library Exhibit – Native American Beadwork in the MNHS’ Collections

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Come see the new Library Lobby exhibit on Native America beadwork, open the same hours as the Library.

Minnesota Historical Society is the repository for approximately 9,000 ethnographic objects of Native American origin. These objects include everything from basketry and ceramics to clothing and pipes, and span two and a half centuries. Perhaps 1,000 of those objects are embellished with beads; necklaces, leggings, sashes, shirts, pipe bags, watch fobs, feather bonnets, and things made for sale to the tourist trade are all represented in the Society’s collection, as are objects from every corner of the U.S. and Canada. Due to MNHS’ mission to specifically collect objects that are meaningful to the history of the state of Minnesota, the overwhelming majority of these items come from the immediate area. As a reflection of this regional depth, most of the Native beadwork in our collection falls into either the Plains (for example, Dakota, Lakota, Cheyenne) or Woodland (Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Cree) category.

This small exhibit draws specifically from MNHS’ collection of Native American beadwork. It is organized chronologically, beginning with the vitrine to the left when facing the glass doors to the Gale Family Library, and continuing in a clockwise fashion around the library registration desk. Within this exhibit one can explore pre-contact precursors to indigenous beadwork; different techniques used in beadwork; a glimpse of the wide variety of cultural styles in Native beadwork across the U.S. and Canada; how beaded objects functioned in the changing 19th century Native economy; and the modern resurgence of Native American beadwork.

More information can be found on these objects at Minnesota Historical Society’s collections website:

www.mnhs.org/collections

This exhibit will be on view until the end of April.

Leah Bowe
Collections Associate, NAGPRA


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