Beaded Shoulder Bag

Date: 1880-1900

 

Description: This elaborate shoulder bag is from the Ojibwa tribe. It is exquisitely decorated with beads and a black velvet base and lining, which are materials that would only have been obtained after the tribe’s contact with Europeans. It was likely only used as a personal ornament for decoration, although it could also have been used ceremonially as a medicine bag. The floral patterns that cover the bag are common among woodland tribes like the Ojibwa.

 

Donor: Joseph Clements

 

On display