Magda Lenna

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Anishinaabe, Ojibwa Ontario Shoulder bag (without strap) c. 1820 Hide, porcupine quills, tin cones, silk ribbon, dyed hair

Exhibition: ‘Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection’ at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

I look at these gorgeous wampum belts and marvel at those who made these beads. I live in a place with quahog shells and I can't imagine doing it by hand

My previous post about Native American headgear covered some pretty wide bases, but there's a whole world of accessories beyond hats, so I just had to share

Square pouch or bag constructed of skin and cloth, the front covered with a large panel of loomwoven glass imitation wampum, black ground, white details, with a strap also of imitation glass wampum. The bag face, of 26 horizontal rows of beads on 27 warps, has three white heaxagons at the bottom, and six white diamonds at the top. The sides of the bag are edged in orange quillwork in zig-zag line technique, followed by a row of imitation-wampum, five beads deep, three black in the middle…

Square pouch or bag constructed of skin and cloth, the front covered with a large panel of loomwoven glass imitation wampum, black ground, white details, with a strap also of imitation glass wampum. The bag face, of 26 horizontal rows of beads on 27 warps, has three white heaxagons at the bottom, and six white diamonds at the top. The sides of the bag are edged in orange quillwork in zig-zag line technique, followed by a row of imitation-wampum, five beads deep, three black in the middle…

Four burden straps from the 18th century. (A) - Iroquois: from the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russia. (B) - Iroquois or Huron – Mid- to late 18th c. Made of hemp, dyed moosehair false embroidery and glass beads. (C) - Collected in the St. Lawrence River valley, c 1775, and possibly Iroquois. It’s edged with white imitation wampum. (D) - Iroquois, sometime before 1775. Colors are orange, blue, black and white. Dyed Moosehair in false embroidery.

Historic Iroquois and Wabanaki Beadwork: Iroquois Regalia During the and Centuries