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bandolier bag
  • unknown Sioux maker
  • bandolier bag, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Dakota Territory (present-day South Dakota), United States
  • cotton, velvet, yarn, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 125 x 50 cm
    Object Height/Width: 49 3/16 x 19 5/8 in
  • Gift of Helen Wheeler
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1411

The bandolier bag has a beaded strap and two beaded panels on the bag.
The beaded strap has a border of red cotton with a small print, a field of white beads and a floral design. There are leaves with a contrasting border of dark blue and yellow veins or a yellow band on the outside with light blue veins. There are other leaf-like elements in dark blue and pink or green and pink. The winding stem is dark blue. The flowers are red and yellow, red and pink, and dark blue and yellow.
The top panel of the bag is a narrow strip of black velvet, with a border of the same red cotton. It has two beaded bands of light blue "x's" separated by a band of white oval shapes in a border of light green.
The significantly larger bottom panel has a field of white beads and a border of the same red print, which is sewn over a layer of another red cotton print. The floral design has a dark blue stem and leaves. There is one light blue flower with a red border. There are two three-petaled flowers with an orange center and green petals outlined in red. The other leaf-like elements are in dark and light blue, light blue and green, or pink, yellow, light blue, and dark blue.
The bottom of the bag has a fringe of red yarn tassels, each with two yellow beads and two orange beads.
The back of the bag is a blue cotton with a white floral print. The back of the strap has a band of red cotton (same print as banding) at the bottom, and formerly blue (now yellowed) cotton with a sunset fabric for the remainder.