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At formal social functions and ceremonies Plains Indian men carried this type of bag to hold both tobacco and pipe. The American flag was adopted by the Western Sioux as a symbol of courage; the two elongated diamond figures above the beadwork panel represents feathers, indicating that the owner's war exploits entitled him to wear eagle feathers. Pipe bags with triangular tabs at the bottom identified the owner as a band chief; drawings made by Sioux Indians show such tabbed bags as a symbol of political authority.
height 33 in ; width 5.5 in