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This little bag is currently part of what I believe is the most impactful display in the Plains Indian Museum, the timeline wall that chronicles the drastic changes that came to Indian populations as a result of white settlers and government regulations. During the reservation era when many Indians subsisted on government rations, they would keep their ration tickets in decorated bags like this one. It's a heartbreaking reminder of the importance of maintaining one's cultural values through great injustices.

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Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota 14 Sioux 990
leather 2024 deer hide 193 shell 87 cowrie 43 fringe 575 glass beads 689 shells 78 cones 222 dentalium 9 bullet 28 tin 353
bag 239
Diamond 223
ca. 1875
width: 2.75 in
Credit Line:
Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss
Inside: Weekly Ration Check
Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. (a) Pouch - deerskin, beaded front, diamond pattern in green, white, and red on blue background. Leather fringe with cowrie shells, blue beads, dentalium shell, tin cones, bullet shell. Brown and blue beads on strap. (b) Inside: Weekly Ration Check
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