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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.

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

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Ojibwa bandolier bag

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Ojibwa bandolier bag

Ojibwe beaded velvet bandolier bag with tree, leaf and flower motifs.

For details, view this bag in our collections database.

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Ojibwa knife sheath

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Ojibwa knife sheath

Ojibwa leather knife sheath with bead and quillwork decoration, made by Becker County Indian Industries for exhibit at Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL, 1893.

For details, view this sheath in our collections database.

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Ojibwa bandolier bag

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Ojibwa bandolier bag

Ojibwa bandolier bag with front pocket. Pocket panel of loomed seed beads has geometric motifs, is attached to cloth backing and features integrated tabs finished with wool yarn tassels. Panel above the pocket features a spot-stitched, embroidered floral motif. Loomed seed bead panels are attached to the cloth strap.

For details, view this bag in our collections database.

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Birchbark makak

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Birchbark makak

Birchbark makak with a braided basswood handle made by Margaret Hill of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians no later than 2009. The makak’s rim is woven into a vertical zig-zag pattern with blue fibers. Directly beneath the blue fibers is a zig-zag border cut out of a darker color birchbark. The makak’s lid has the same vertical woven pattern around its edge. A circular piece of birchbark with a zig-zag edge decorates the center; a birchbark handle attaches to the top.

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Ojibwe earrings

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Ojibwe earrings

Pair of Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) earrings made out of birchbark with silvertone screwback findings. Purchased in Wisconsin; created between 1900 and 1950.

For details, view the earrings in our online collections database.

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Ojibwe family portrait

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ojibwe family portrait

An Ojibwe family poses for a portrait in a photographer’s studio circa 1905.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Ojibwe jingle dress

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Ojibwe jingle dressOjibwe jingle dress detail

Sleeveless velvet jingle dress made by Mary Bigwind of the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota for her granddaughter, Madeline Boswell. Boswell wore the dress while dancing at pow-wows when she was a teenager in the mid-1930s. The dress is decorated at the neckline, waistline, and double hem with jingle cones made from tin snuff cans; beads; and satin ribbons trimmed with sequins.

For details, view the dress in our online collections database.

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Tintype of Ojibwe family

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Tintype of Ojibwe family

Tintype photograph of an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) family group created circa 1870. Photographer unknown.

For details, view the tintype in our online collections database.

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Ojibwe birch bark makak

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Ojibwe birch bark makak

Birch bark makak (basket) with floral embroidery made by Rebecca LaFromboise of Redby, Minnesota.  The basket is assembled with basswood (linden) lacing. The exterior edging consists of four evenly spaced birch bark triangles laced to the rim and secured under wood strip reinforcements. The front wall face of the basket is decorated with a floral motif featuring a three-petal flower, one leaf and three curled stem extensions. The motif is embroidered with dyed porcupine quills in shades of red, yellow, light green and dark green.

A card in the basket includes this statement by the artist:

When our Ojibwe ancestor’s [sic] came out of The Big Woods [of] Minnesota and Wisconsin 250 years ago and migrated west onto the Northern Plains of the Dakota’s, they brought with them the ancient art form of birchbark work. These decorative baskets were used for utilitarian purposes. The bark is white birch, the rim is made of ash, and the twine is bass wood fiber. We call these baskets Wigizi Mokok (Birchbark baskets). I and my family are Chippewa from the Turtle MT. Band and reside in Dunseith, N.D. at the heart of Turtle Island, enjoy Megwetch (Thank You).

For details, view the makak in our online collections database.

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