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Catalog Number 4364-188
Title Bag, Pipe; Beaded, Geometric, from Ben Swift Bear
Object Name Bag, Pipe
Description This large bag is made of leather and has a drawstring opening, long fringe at the bottom and beadwork on the front and back. The beaded design is of an 8 pointed star that is made of white heart red beads and faceted bronze metal beads. The stars are surrounded by a white beaded background and 4 point blue stars. The beadwork is applied to the bag with lazy stitch and sinew. The body of the bag is square shaped and has a separate piece of leather hand-stitched to it with thread to create the opening. The drawstring is made of a thin piece of leather/rawhide.
Year Range to 1934
Culture North American Indian/Lakota/Brule Sioux
Material leather, glass beads
Used USA: South Dakota, Rosebud; USA: Nebraska (Boyd), Naper
Height (in) 17.625
Width (in) 7
People Swift Bear
Swift Bear, Ben
Zimmerman, Charles F., 1866-1931
Other Name Bag, Tobacco
History According to donation records, this is a tobacco bag from Ben Swift Bear.

Collected by Charles F. Zimmerman. Zimmerman was born in 1866 in La Porte, Indiana and spent his youth in Iowa. He came to Boyd County Nebraska in 1883. He spent several years farming and then went to college to study medicine. He studied at the Omaha Medical College, the medical college in Sioux City, Iowa, and Grant's Medical College of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1898. In 1907 he became a registered pharmacist. He was employed by the Indian Service for 27 years. He also operated a drug store at Naper and served as a doctor in the community. He was said to have had a lucrative practice over several counties in two states. In 1897 he married Mollie R. Sprinkle. Mollie studied pharmacy and nursing under her husband and assisted him in the drug store and with nursing. They had two daughters who passed away as infants. As a hobby, Charles collected Native American objects. Most were said to have been gifts, however some were purchased. His store was said to have been decorated with "mounted animals and birds in lifelike poses, perched on shelves, in show cases and windows. Petrified bones, buffalo skulls, horns, ancient vases and what not, are in evidence everywhere. . . Another door opens to the doctor's consultation room and here the Indian relics and curios are displayed. Each of the different articles is numbered and tagged, with a history and description. There are nearly 300 articles.. ." Charles Zimmerman passed away at home in Naper, Nebraska on November 15, 1931. After Mr. Zimmerman's death, Mrs. Zimmerman took full charge of the store. The collection came to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1934.
Credit line Dr. and Mrs. Charles F. Zimmerman, Naper (Boyd), Nebraska
Collection Zimmerman, Dr. and Mrs. Charles F.