Sioux pictorial beaded and fringed hide tobacco bag composed of finely tanned hide decorated with yellow ochre, finely sinew-sewn in numerous colors of glass beadwork against a light blue ground, with equestrian figures on both sides,
Rhus Used by Native Americans important part of their lives. crushed the berries to make a tart drink similar to lemonade and the bark was used in tanning, while the roots produced a lovely yellow dye. ailments from ringworm and hemorrhoids to bleeding gums. leaves gathered in the fall once they changed to red to be mixed with their tobacco as a flavoring. poison sumac, Toxicodendron vernix which can be identified by its white berries and its love for wet and boggy conditions
Circa 1880-1890's, crossed American flags, framed by initials "B.H." above and peace pipe below. Design elements indicate Sioux style. This could be a presentation piece for President Benjamin Harrison is not unreasonable. Comment: That's possible, but flags were often put into beadwork. It could have been a gift (or bribe) for a fort or reservation officer. Or it could have been the maker's own initials and his intent was to manifest his loyalty to the land -- after all, this is our home.
beaded hide tobacco bag, thread and sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of red white-heart, greasy yellow, white, light blue, and pea green [in a geometric design]; bag finished with quilled slats and hide fringe, total length 38 in. Арапахо.
Arapaho Beaded Hide Tobacco Bag 9/20/2013 - Fall American Indian Art thread and sinew-sewn and beaded using colors of red white-heart, greasy yellow, white, light blue, and pea green; bag finished with quilled slats and hide fringe, total length 38 in. late 19th century Sold: $1,722.00 year 2014