Costume and Textiles
Bandolier BagMade in Great Lakes, United States, North and Central America
Late 19th to early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Eastern Woodlands or Northern Plains, Native American
Cotton velveteen, printed cotton twill, cotton plain weave, glass beads, wool braid, wool yarn
Currently not on view
1998-164-1Gift of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 1998
LabelNative Americans of the Great Lakes region started making bandolier bags in the mid-nineteenth century, modeled on those used by soldiers to carry cartridges. The beaded bags were made by women but typically worn by men for ceremonial occasions. Although sometimes used as bags, they were more important as symbols of wealth and status and were highly valued when trading with other tribes. The curvilinear floral designs on this bag are typical of the Ojibwe (Chippewa) tribe-while the veined leaves and assymetrical flowers are beaded to shape, the white background is in straight rows.