Cherokee artist. Bandolier Bag. about 1840. leather, wool, glass beads, and silk. Native Arts acquisition funds. 1971.406.
height: 8 in, 20.3200 cm; handle length: 54 in, 137.1600 cm; handle width: 4 in, 10.1600 cm; length: 31.5 in, 80.0100 cm; width: 12 in, 30.4800 cm
Indigenous Arts of North America
Elaborately beaded bags created by Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole artists reflect the high point of the beadworkers’ art. While the shape of these men’s shoulder bags was most likely inspired by those worn by British soldiers in the 1700s, their designs were strictly native. Complex floral and geometric motifs intertwine from the point of the flap to the curve of the neck strap. Less commonly, humans and animals were depicted. The meanings of these patterns are largely lost, but they surely conveyed important personal and cultural information for both the weaver and the observer.
Norman Feder, Denver, CO, 1960s; Guy D. Wood, Talahassee, FL, before 1971; Denver Art Museum, 1971.
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