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Excerpt from Thaw Catalog: During the 19th century bandolier bags became the most popular decorative pouch among the Woodland peoples. Development of these bags into three distinctive types began in the Southeast among the Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole during the 1820s. A second type became characteristic of the Delaware and Shawnee. By 1850 a third type had emerged in the southwestern Great Lakes region among the Ojibwa, Menomini, Winnebago, and Potawatomi. Each of these three regional versions was preceded by smaller shoulder bags of a more Aboriginal character. Perhaps inspired both by the shape of ammunition pouches carried by 18th-century British soldiers and an easier access to trade cloth, yarn, and beads, talented Native women created these colorful pouches. A surprisingly large number of bandolier bags have survived, indicative of their once great popularity. Unfortunately, documentation is extremely poor and research so far has been restricted largely to bandolier bags of the Great Lakes region.
height 28.5 in ; width 8.5 in