Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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one of a set of two medicine bags
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • one of a set of two medicine bags, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, cloth, porcupine quills, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 x 7 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 3 15/16 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1430.02

This is one of a set of two small square pouches, with the same beaded decoration. The beaded side is buckskin, the undecorated side is cloth.

Each pouch is decorated on one side with four bands of white, with blocks of dark blue (flanked by red) beads. Both ends of these bands of beads abuts a band of yellow and red (flanked with light blue) beads. The flap has a zigzag of green beads and has been sewn closed. A fringe of buckskin partially wrapped in red quills decorates the sealed flap.The bottom corners have a strip of buckskin, also partially wrapped in quill.