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Catalog Number 11284-3
Title Bag, Ration Ticket; Beaded, Geometric
Object Name Bag
Description Rectangular leather bag with beaded fringe, beaded handle and beaded decoration. Bag has a curved flap at the top. Side seams are hand sewn using a thick cotton cord. Beaded fringe is attached to the bag with thin thread. Fringe is made of black, crossed and looped beads, with attached dangling strands of black and teal blue beads attached through the end loop. The beadwork on the front of the bag is geometric and attached to the leather with lazy stitch and sinew. The beadwork is white, with white heart red, yellow, green, light blue, pale blue and purple beads. Motifs include arrows. Top of the flap is beaded on the edge with rows of white, red, blue and green beads. Beaded handle is made of alternating teal and black beads. The back of the bag has a single, thick row of blue and white beads at the top.
Date 1891
Year Range from 1891
Year Range to 1891
Culture North American Indian/Sioux
Material buckskin, glass beads, sinew, thread
Used USA: Nebraska (Sheridan), Gordon?
Height (in) 9
Width (in) 3.5
People Towle, Charles L.
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
Event Wounded Knee?
History According to the donor's family history, collected by Charles L. Towle. Charles supposedly participated in Wounded Knee according to family history. Towle was a member of the Nebraska National Guard. 1891 lists show that he was a First Lieutenant in Company K, Second Infantry. Although the Nebraska National Guard was not involved at Wounded Knee, they were mobilized afterward and stationed in northwest Nebraska. Company K was stationed at Gordon, Nebraska.
Credit line Mrs. Roy V. Anderson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee