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Dakota Pipe Bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 5, 2017

This is a Dakota beaded rawhide tobacco pouch, circa 1900. The primary beadwork panel displays a geometric pattern of green, red, blue and yellow on a white bead ground. Rawhide strips sewn to the bottom of the pouch are wrapped with red, white and yellow porcupine quills in a pyramid pattern. Rawhide fringe dangles below. Quill-wrapped rawhide thongs attached to the top of the pouch terminate in metal jingle cones sprouting dyed-red horsehair bundle.

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