Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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strike-a-light bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • strike-a-light bag, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, metal, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 14.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 5 11/16 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1943

The small rectangular bag has a flap, a fully beaded front, and a partially beaded back. There are tin cones with red feathers at the bottom.

The front has a light blue field with dark blue triangles on either side. There is a red diamond with red triangles above and below and a red cross at the top with sideways "E" shapes. The flap is beaded with a light blue and green field, and small squares of red and dark blue. There are green beaded loops on the edge of the flaps and down the sides. The back has a single beaded design in the middle, and a light blue square with a dark blue stripe, with light blue "ears" at each corner.