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PLATEAU ELK DREAMER'S SOCIETY BAG, c. 1890
PLATEAU ELK DREAMER'S SOCIETY BAG, c. 1890
 
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Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1890's to 1930's

Provenance: Private AZ Collection
Our Price: $2,700.00

Product Code: CLR4000A
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Description
 
The Plateau Indians included a large number of groups from the Columbia and Fraser River basins, in the areas that are now Washington, eastern Oregon, western Montana, northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia. These tribes were skillful in their beadwork design and passed on this tradition from generation to generation. The beadwork was used on bags, clothing and personal accessories and also used for trading. During the 1860's, smaller "seed" beads began to be imported from Belgium and Czechoslovakia.

The plateau Indians are most well known for their beaded bags. Leather bags were typically made from elk, moose, deerskin or buffalo hide and were sewn along the sides with leather strings. Around the end of the nineteenth century designs began to include birds, animals and profiles of people. Usually the entire front of a bag was beaded with a single color background, typically white, plus the main design.

This lovely bag was crafted on elk hide, which is thick and very soft to the touch. A dark blue and white poke-a-dot cotton cloth is used as the inner lining of the bag. Beautifully crafted and in excellent condition, this bag measures 11 1/2" long by 10 1/2" wide, with leather thongs serving as handles.
It is in excellent condition.

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