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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Monday, March 6th, 2017

An Ojibwe loom-woven and spot-stitched bandolier bag with front pocket. Exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 as part of the Becker County Indian Exhibit and attributed to the “Becker County Indian Industries.” This bandolier bag is shown hanging on the left in a photograph of the “American Indian collection of Mrs. Jessie C. Yeats, Becker County, Minnesota” (#4969) from the Becker County Historical Society. Mrs. Jessie C West (misspelling for photograph) was Becker County’s representative at the Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893.

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Child’s Beaded Coat

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A children’s buckskin coat with beaded floral motifs on the front and back that are backed with newspaper. On the inside of the jacket is a painted figure with long legs and taloned feet holding a pipe in its left hand and a plumed object in its right. There are two types of red cloth ribbon trim and fringe along the seams and bottom. Jacket is most likely Crow, circa 1900.

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Memorial Quilt

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A memorial quilt made for Margaret Hill, member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in 2009. The quilt was created by two of her students, Jackie Anderson and Cecelia Olson. The rectangular machine-quilted quilt includes 15 color photo-transferred images showing Hill either teaching or working on basketry and beadwork projects and also illustrating her finished work.

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Beaded Gloves

Monday, December 12th, 2016

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

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Monday, November 7th, 2016

An Ojibwe black velvet and dark blue wool bandolier bag spot-stitched with a rabbit track pattern of multi-color glass seed beads on a white bead background. Probably made in the late 1890s.

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Ojibwe Jacket

Monday, October 10th, 2016

A deerskin jacket purchased by the staff of Camp Kamaji at Cass Lake, Minnesota, from a local Ojibwe craftsperson, likely Leech Lake Band. The coat is decorated with appliqués of cut glass beads sewn to bands of leather that are edged with cotton cloth; the back yoke is constructed in a similar manner. Probably from the 1930s.

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Pow-Wow Button

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A button that reads, “Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa – 21st Annual Pow-wow / August 21, 22, 23, 1987″ in white on a blue background with a picture of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal logo.

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Ojibwe Beaded Mittens

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

A pair of Ojibwe leather mittens decorated with fringe and floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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Bandolier Bag

Monday, May 16th, 2016

An Ojibwe bandolier bag is decorated with beadwork in a hexagonal pattern over the bag and strap. The hexagonal pattern stops at the pocket of the bag and is then decorated with a beaded floral design. Probably made in the 1910s.

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Makak

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

An Ojibwe birchbark makak decorated with scraped floral designs. Used in pageants held at Itasca State Park, Minnesota, in the early-to-mid 1900s. The pageants were written by Jack Rohr to celebrate the anniversary of the Schoolcraft exploration of the source of the Mississippi River.

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