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Ojibwe women are famous for their floral beadwork designs.

Influenced by European pouches, Ojibwe bandolier bags became decorative accessories that were worn by men.

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Bandolier Bag Label: Anishinabe (Ojibwe), Woodlands region (United States), Bandolier bag, early 20th, Beadwork on muslin and black velvet, wool yarn, Bequest of Dorothy Record Bauman 74.63.8

This shoulder-strap pouch is called a bandolier bag. It was fashioned after a type of pouch carried by British soldiers. Woodland Indian men wore bandolier bags as objects of prestige. Sometimes they wore more than one at a time. This kind of bag was so valuable that the Woodlands people could trade one bag to the neighboring Dakota people for a pony.

Long before Europeans came to North America Ojibwe women designed necklaces using beads made from wood, shells or other materials. The Ojibwe word for beads - manidoominensag - means "berries of the Creator." On clothing, women made designs by sewing on dyed porcupine quills. European glass beads, introduced in the 17th century, gradually replaced quillwork on bags like this one.

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