Beaded Bandolier Bags
The beaded bandolier bag may have originated as an adaptation of European and American ammunition pouches. These distinctly Native objects were fashioned using exclusively European materials. Prized mainly for their decoration, beaded bandolier bags were worn on special occasions such as dances and treaty signings. Many were created as gifts for tribal or intertribal gatherings. The wearing of more than one such bag often identified a chief or other person of high standing.
Potawatomi Chief John Young wearing heavily beaded bandolier bag near Marshfield, WI
WHS Image ID 33313
Chief Cloud wearing ceremonial bandolier bag, Ashland County, WI
WHS CF 121.64