Shoulder Bag, ca. 1850

  • Chippewa, Native American

Wool fabric and yarn, cotton fabric and thread, silk ribbon and tassels, glass beads

  • Overall: 29 × 7 1/8 inches (73.7 × 18.1 cm) Overall (pouch): 10 7/8 × 7 1/8 inches (27.6 × 18.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase


On View

  • Native American S130


Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas

  • Floral patterns
  • Geometric patterns
  • Weaving
  • Beading (process)
  • Embroidering
  • Wool (hair)
  • Cotton (fiber)
  • Ribbon
  • Thread
  • Fringe
  • Tassel
  • Tassel
  • Cotton (textile)
  • Silk (textile)
  • Wool (textile)
  • Yarn
  • Glass
  • Beadwork
  • Text
  • Shoulder bag
  • Bandolier bag
  • Michigan

Creating and wearing articles of dress and formal clothing is an important means of cultural expression among Native American people. This elaborately decorated pouch, with a broad shoulder strap, was worn as part of an ensemble for ceremonial and social events. The method of double-weft bead weaving, requiring the use of a box loom, quickly became the most popular technique employed throughout the Great Lakes and is still used today.

Inscribed on front of bag in a beaded panel: BASIN.DASIN

(Forrest Fenn, Fenn Galleries, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA)

1975, purchased by Richard A. Pohrt [1911-2005] (Flint, Michigan, USA)

1981-present, purchased 1981 by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Penney, David W. Art of the American Indian Frontier: The Chandler-Pohrt Collection. Seattle and London, 1992, cat. no. 38. Whiteford, A. H. "The Origins of Great Lakes Beaded Bandolier Bags." American Indian Art 11, no. 3 (Summer 1986): 35, fig. 4, (col. ill.).

Chippewa, Native American, Shoulder Bag, ca. 1850, wool fabric and yarn, cotton fabric and thread, silk ribbon and tassels, glass beads. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, 81.78.