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This buffalo skin pouch, with its bottom panel of loom-woven pony beads, is an unusually elaborate example of a belt pouch that was popular from James Bay westward to the Columbia River and the Yukon. The geometric paintings are similar to those decorating long skin coats from the Manitoba region dating from 1780-1820. This early panel bag reveals the amalgamation of Cree and Ojibwa art styles in its complex geometric pattern of rectangles and triangles, which influenced the development of a distinct Red River Métis style.
width 13 in ; height 23 in