Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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strike-a-light bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • strike-a-light bag, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Standing Rock, North Dakota, United States
  • leather, bucksin, tin, brass, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 33.5 x 9 cm length includes loop
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/16 x 3 1/2 in length includes loop
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1422

The small rectangular leather pouch has a semicircular flap. There is a loop of buckskin on the back with brass beads to attach to one's person. The front of the bag is beaded (with the exception of space for the flap) and the beading continues partially onto the back. Tin cones edge the flap and bottom of the bag, and there is a long twisted buckskin strip on each bottom corner with a tin cone. The beading has a field of white. The central design is a dark blue hourglass shape, outlined in red with a dark blue band across the middle. The sides have yellow squares outlined in dark blue, four to a side. The flap has a band of white beads, with two repeats of dark blue, yellow, and red blocks, following the edge and a silver colored disc.