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Beadwork Masterpieces: Native American Bandolier Bags

Menominee

The Menominee were living in northeastern Wisconsin when the first Ojibwe arrived from the east. Menominee oral tradition places their origin at the mouth of the Menominee River, just sixty miles east of their present reservation in Wisconsin. They have been the friends and allies of the Ojibwe for several centuries. Several features characterize Menominee bags:

  • Offset shoulder straps
  • Identical designs on both sides of the strap
  • Closely related bag and strap designs
  • A woven design panel above the bag


menominee bag, 1870

Menominee, 1870

Source: Loan from the Kansas City Museum Collection, Courtesy of Union Station Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri.
[1940-474]


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