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Bandolier bag

Anishinaabe bandolier bag
ca. 1870
Upper Great Lakes
Wool and cotton cloth, glass beads
87 x 26 cm
A. E. Brooks Collection

This large ornamental bag is covered with abstract symbols possibly referring to Thunderbirds, Underwater Panthers, and the four sacred directions. The shoulder straps and central panel are created with loom-woven beadwork, which encouraged the weaving of elaborate and complicated patterns.

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