The Collection

64192
64192
27301
On exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. When purchased only a slight amount of beadwork present on bag. More white beads were added by James Howard in 1979 and 1980.
Creek
Henryetta, Oklahoma
Glass beads, cotton textile, suede, yarn, rib
17 cm
78 cm

This red bag is lined with brown cotton. The strap exhibits a diamond geometric design. It is rectangular, with an interrupted white bead design on the triangular flap in front, and a parallel design of two wavy lines on the right side. There are black yarn tassels on bottom.

Donated by Mrs. Richard Herzfeld and Friends of the Museum. Collected by James Howard anthropologist and collector, in 1979 at Fife Collection (store).
59708
59708
21054
Some tassels missing. Originally catalogued as "Woodland Indian". The geometric patterns & brown color looks Ho-Chunk but floral pattern also could suggest Potawatomi.
Ho-Chunk
Great Lakes area
Glass beads, cloth, wool, yarn
26.5 cm
90.5 cm

This bag is beaded in both geometric and floral designs. The strap has a diamond geometric design; the pouch has a larger diamond design and flowers. It is trimmed in red wool, with brown wool tassels.

Donated by Mrs. Irving Ott of Milwaukee, WI. Unknown collector.
240
240
Original catalogue book entry states "Medicine bag, beads woven like cloth."
Menominee
Great Lakes region (Northern Wisconsin)
Glass beads, cotton, thread, wool yarn
32.5 cm
62.5 cm

This bag exhibits an elaborate use of geometric beadwork that completely covers the cotton backing, with exception of the edges. Large blue and red glass beads are attached to the red yarn tassels at the bottom; white opaque beads attach the gray and red tassels to the chest straps.

Purchased from H. W. Shaw.
64823
64823
27301
The bandolier bag had no collection history upon arriving at the MPM, and images were sent to experts to determine its origin. Each had a different opinion. A bag quite similar in style was pictured on a Passamaquoddy man, and the blue trim and liberal use of crystal and light blue beads also point in the Maritime direction.
Northeastern
Eastern Woodland?
Glass beads, velvet, leather, silk ribbon, and metal.
60 cm
65 cm

This bag has large shoulder straps with floral designs beaded directly onto the leather; the straps end in octopus tabs. The pouch, also with floral designs, is small with no horizontal panel, and a flap; it is trimmed in light blue piping. The bottom is edged in bells.

Purchased from Rex Arrowsmith, a trader in Santa Fe, in 1968. Probably from 1880-1920.
63374
63374
26273
originally catalogued as Sioux, Ann McMullen, MPM curator of Anthropology 1994-2000, attributed the bag to the Ojibwe, July, 1997.
Ojibwe
Devils Lake, Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota
Glass beads, velveteen
37 cm
1.17 m

This bag is fully beaded on the straps and pouch, on a black velvet backing, with a floral motif on a white bead background. The bottom is fringed with red beads on green and yellow yarn. An otter track design runs around the edges of the pouch and horizontal band.

Purchased (with funds from Mr and Mrs Richard Bourne of Whitefish Bay, WI.) from Rob Anderson of Ridgewood, IL, the collector.
55842
55842
17430
Missing strap. Heavily worn at edges; many beads missing on strings.
Ojibwe
Great Lakes (Wisconsin)
Glass beads, cotton textile, velvet, wool, silk ribbon, wool yarn
33.5 cm
52.5 cm

This bag has a large pocket beaded with an iridescent blue/white background. It features a large flower and leaf design. The horizontal band is beaded directly onto the black velvet backing. The tassels are cotton loops with a green fringe.

Donated by Mrs. Gustave Kojatzke of Milwaukee, WI. Unknown collector.
64300
64300
27301
Wood dowel sewn in-between layers at bottom of bag to support fragile tassels.
Ojibwe
Great Lakes Area
Glass beads, cotton textile, velvet, wool yarn, cotton thread.
30 cm
97 cm

This pocketless bag has a square loom beaded bottom panel with tabs. The bottoms of the tabs end in large glass beads with red and black yarn tassels. It exhibits a white-beaded otter-tail design at the top of the panel; the black velvet portion above this design has a floral motif. The shoulder strap is loom beaded.

Donated by Mrs. Richard Herzfeld and Friends of the Museum. Collected by James Howard, anthropologist and collector, in 1946.
67279
67279
29374
Ojibwe
Great Lakes Area
Glass beads, cotton fabric, velveteen
32 cm
102 cm

This bag with a full pocket has a spot-stitched beaded bottom panel. Loom beaded tabs are attached to the bottom and end with purple yarn tassels. The bag exhibits a white beaded otter-tail design at the top and sides of the panel; the black velvet portion above the pocket has a floral motif. Green twill tap edges the bag. A cloth tag with the number “124” has been sewn inside the pocket with different thread than the thread used in the bag’s construction. The straps are loom beaded with asymmetrical designs, and edged with purple twill tape. The back of the bag is lined with brown cotton fabric.

64320
64320
27301
Ojibwe
Great Lakes Area, North Dakota style
Glass beads, cotton textile, velvet textile, ribbon, cotton thread.
34 cm
1.07 m

This bag has a fully beaded strap with dense floral designs. Backed with black velvet, the pouch is beaded in a floral motif against a white background. The horizontal panel is beaded directly onto the black velvet. Olive green piping edges the bag, and the tassels are beaded loops.

Donated by Mrs. Richard Herzfeld and Friends of the Museum. Collected by James Howard, anthropologist and collector, in 1965 in Midland, South Dakota.
64377
64377
27301
Ann McMullen, MPM curator of Anthropology 1994-2000, attributes the bag to Minnesotan or Dakota Ojibwe.
Ojibwe
Great Lakes Area; collected at Sisseton, South Dakota
Glass beads, cotton, wool yarn, cotton ribbon
37 cm
1.14 m

The large multi-colored floral design is beaded against a white beaded background. The bag has red ribbon trim on all sides, a beaded yarn fringe along the bottom edge, and a cotton cloth backing.

Donated by Mrs. Richard Herzfeld and Friends of the Museum. Collected by James Howard, anthropologist and collector, in 1965 at Sisseton, South Dakota in 1967.