Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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medicine bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • medicine bag, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, metal, cloth, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 31 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 12 3/16 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1428

The sealed, stuffed oval pouch has a loop at one end. There are six sets of two buckskin strips with tinklers, two on a side, and two opposite the loop. One side is decorated with a field of white beads, and two flowers in red, pink, and green, with medium blue leaves. The other side is a buckskin field with a pattern of two pink and medium blue leaf-like designs and two yellow and green paisley-like design. White beads are stitched around the seam.