Shoulder bag (missing strap)

Anishinaabe, possibly Mississauga Ojibwa, Native American

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The images on this black-dyed bag, traditionally used to hold amulets and other personal possessions, are part of the pictorial language of Great Lakes cultures. The figures and abstractions express a complex universe alive with seen and unseen forces. In 1845 the Anishinaabe Methodist minister Peter Jones wore the pouch in Edinburgh, posing for a group of photographs that are considered the earliest of an identified Native North American. The strap is now missing.

Shoulder bag (missing strap), Tanned leather, porcupine quills, dye, glass beads, silk ribbon, metal cones, and deer hair, Anishinaabe, possibly Mississauga Ojibwa, Native American

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