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Native American Beaded Bags

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Origin United States, New York
Period 1920-1949
Materials Glass beads, fabric, cardboard and metal.
Dimensions
W. 6.5 in; H. 6 in; Diam. 5 in;
W. 16.51 cm; H. 15.24 cm; Diam. 12.7 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1920.
Description American. Probably New York State.

The Mohawk tradition of Iroquois beadwork flourished as a cottage industry from about 1880–1920. Beadwork items were sold mostly to tourists as souvenirs at locations such as Niagara Falls, Montreal, and Saratoga. Some of the tribal members would even travel west as there are known pieces from St. Louis as well as from events such as the Chicago World’s Fair. A typical “whimsy,” as they were sometimes called, might sell for as little as twenty-five cents. This cottage industry was a critical part of the economic survival of the tribe. Our three bags are in superb condition. They have wonderful folky interpretations of birds, squirrels, monkeys, cats, horses, and geese.
Styles / Movements American Indian
Incollect Reference Number 102163
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