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Historical Object

Bandolier Bag

Bandolier Bag | Historical Object | Wisconsin Historical Society
A beaded dance bag, which was once presented to General J.C. Starkweather by a Menominee Indian.
DESCRIPTION
A beaded dance bag, which was once presented to General J.C. Starkweather by a Menominee Indian.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:126682
Creation Date: 2016
Creator Name:Erickson, David
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Genre:Historical Object
Original Format Type:object
Original Format Number:1954.2043/763
Original Dimensions:unknown
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
"Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Native Americans of the Great Lakes region used beads and cloth acquired through trade with Anglo Americans to create a new form-the bandolier bag. Made by women but typically worn by men as part of their ceremonial dress, these vividly colored and elaborately beaded bags were symbols of both personal status and tribal identity. According to Wisconsin Historical Society records, a Menominee Indian presented this "beaded dance bag" to General J. C. Starkweather, probably between 1855 and 1861. After serving in the Milwaukee Light Guard and fighting in the Civil War, Starkweather lived in Oconomowoc. In 1995, a Menominee delegation reviewed the object and stated: "The names on this object are not familiar; the delegation does not believe they are Menominee."
SUBJECTS
Decorative arts
Textile crafts
Indoor photography
Indian beadwork

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