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Twined Bag

Unrecorded Anishinaabe, Ojibwa or Ottawa Artist Native American or First Nations

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This refined bag was created using the indigenous technique of twining, which involves twisting one set of threads around another set. Here, the artist incorporated a luxurious trade wool yarn with native buffalo wool and plant fibers in her geometric patterns and figural images. One side of the bag depicts a mythological being, perhaps holding snakes or lightning. The other side, with a celestial body above, shows an underwater panther—a supernatural being composed of several animal traits thought to inhabit the Great Lakes landscape.

Twined Bag, Unrecorded Anishinaabe, Ojibwa or Ottawa Artist (Native American or First Nations), Nettle, wool, hide, Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) or Ottawa

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