Native American Bags Photos

Native Americans made a variety of carrying bags ranging from painted skin parfleches to beaded shoulder bags.

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Collection of native bags at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Northern Plains rawhide parfleches at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Plateau Indian parfleche container at Autry National Center. Los Angeles, CA.Cheyenne painted parfleche bag at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Collection of native bags at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Northern Plains rawhide parfleches (c1890) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Plateau Indian (possibly Nez Perce) parfleche container (c1900) at Autry National Center. Los Angeles, CA.Cheyenne painted parfleche bag (1920) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Cheyenne or Blackfoot parflêches from Lame Deer, MT at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Arapaho painted parfleche bag at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Sioux parfleche at Dakota Discovery Museum. Mitchell, SD.Rawhide container at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.
Cheyenne or Blackfoot parflêches from Lame Deer, MT at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Arapaho painted parfleche bag (1930) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Sioux parfleche at Dakota Discovery Museum. Mitchell, SD.Rawhide container (perhaps Dakota) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.
Painted rawhide parfleche at Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, TX.Lakota parfleche from the Dakotas at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Native parfleche, gauntlets & moccasins at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Native parfleche in Indian settlement area at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Colorado Springs, CO.
Painted rawhide parfleche at Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, TX.Lakota parfleche (c1885) from the Dakotas at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Native parfleche, gauntlets & moccasins at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Native parfleche in Indian settlement area at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Colorado Springs, CO.
Beaded tipi bag at Dakota Discovery Museum. Mitchell, SD.Arapaho beaded possible bag [aka "bag for every possible thing"] at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Sioux possible bag probably from North Dakota at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Beaded Ute Indian pouches at Santa Fe Trail Museum. Trinidad, CO.
Beaded tipi bag (c1885) at Dakota Discovery Museum. Mitchell, SD.Arapaho beaded possible bag (1890) [aka "bag for every possible thing"] at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Sioux possible bag (1870) probably from North Dakota at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Beaded Ute Indian pouches at Santa Fe Trail Museum. Trinidad, CO.
Sioux beaded medicine bag at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA.Potawatomi beaded puzzle bag at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Sioux beaded purse at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Apache beaded bag at Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, TX.
Sioux(?) beaded medicine bag at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA.Potawatomi beaded puzzle bag (c1935) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Sioux beaded purse (c1890) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Apache beaded bag at Institute of Texan Cultures. San Antonio, TX.
Nez Perce corn husk bag at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Nez Perce Plateau Indian corn husk woven bag at Utah Museum of Natural History. Salt Lake City, UT.Nez Perce woven storage bag at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Nez Perce woven storage bag with star pattern at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Nez Perce corn husk bag (c1890) at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Nez Perce Plateau Indian corn husk woven bag (late 1800s) at Utah Museum of Natural History. Salt Lake City, UT.Nez Perce woven storage bag (1900) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Nez Perce woven storage bag (1930) with star pattern at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Nez Perce woven storage bag by Delia Davis at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Cree octopus bag at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Dene beadwork wall pouch at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Ojibwa beaded bandolier bag at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Nez Perce woven storage bag (1965) by Delia Davis at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Cree octopus bag (c1860) at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Dene beadwork wall pouch (prior to 1957) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Ojibwa beaded bandolier bag (1880-90s) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Cree-Metis bag from Manitoba at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Ogallala Sioux child's handbag at Lincoln County Historical Museum. North Platte, NE.Sioux quillwork pouch at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Apache saddle bag at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.
Cree-Metis bag (c1850) from Manitoba at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Ogallala Sioux child's handbag (c1880-90) at Lincoln County Historical Museum. North Platte, NE.Sioux quillwork pouch (c1910) at Montana Historical Society museum. Helena, MT.Apache saddle bag at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.
Apache Indian beaded buckskin bag at Omniplex museum. Oklahoma City, OK.Arapaho Indian beaded dispatch bag at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Lakota beaded deer hide saddlebags at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Beaded Indian bandolier bag at Laramie Plains Museum. Laramie, WY.
Apache Indian beaded buckskin bag (c1890) at Omniplex museum. Oklahoma City, OK.Arapaho Indian beaded dispatch bag (c1885) at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Lakota beaded deer hide saddlebags (c1885) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Beaded Indian bandolier bag (probably Anishinabe) at Laramie Plains Museum. Laramie, WY.
Ojibwa bandolier at Johnston Farm Museum. Piqua, OH.Wasco Indian woven wallet with human figures at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Native American pipe bag decorated with glass beadwork at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.Santee Sioux quilled bag at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.
Ojibwa bandolier at Johnston Farm Museum. Piqua, OH.Wasco Indian woven wallet (1890s) with human figures at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Native American pipe bag decorated with glass beadwork at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.Santee Sioux quilled bag (c1880) at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.
Beadwork bag by Northern Plains possibly Dakota Indians at National Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City, OK.Iroquois beaded purse at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Iroquois beaded bag at Utah Museum of Natural History. Salt Lake City, UT.Beadwork bag in Plateau style at National Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City, OK.
Beadwork bag (c1860) by Northern Plains possibly Dakota Indians at National Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City, OK.Iroquois beaded purse (late 19th c) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Iroquois beaded bag (c1890) at Utah Museum of Natural History. Salt Lake City, UT.Beadwork bag (c1900) in Plateau style at National Cowboy Museum. Oklahoma City, OK.
Klikitat beaded handbag with stag design at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Blackfoot beadwork purse with Great Northern Railroad logo at Museum of the Rockies. Bozeman, MT.

Klikitat beaded handbag (1920) with stag design at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Blackfoot beadwork purse with Great Northern Railroad logo at Museum of the Rockies. Bozeman, MT.


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