Tipi Bag or Possible Bag
Arts of the Americas
On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
Vivid blue captures the eye in these Salish or Kootenai child’s moccasins and Sioux storage bag. The blue seed beads on both objects are made of glass colored with cobalt blue. Native women made all the clothing and furnishings for their families and eagerly adopted beads as decorative embellishments because of the vast array of colors and greater convenience.
Hide, beads, tin cones, horse hair
15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (39.4 x 52.1 cm) (show scale)
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Sioux (Native American). Tipi Bag or Possible Bag, ca. 1860-1900. Hide, beads, tin cones, horse hair, 15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (39.4 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1111.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1111.1_PS1.jpg)
overall, X1111.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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Also called a storage bag, tipi bag or possible bag. The beads are sewn with sinew in a 'lazy stitch'. Kroeber called the design a transverse bar or lengthened checker pattern. Bag is beaded on one side with a decoration of crossed and abstracted forms in red, blue, gold and green. The edges are also beaded with metal jingles and orange dyed horsehair decorations. The two-ended pitchfork type design is typically Sioux. It is Central Plains but not Cheyenne or Arapaho. Bead workers would also do this type of beading to show off their expertise so some were also made to be ornamental or given away as gifts.
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