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Cornhusk bag / Native American; Nez Perce

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Twined corn husk bag decorated with various geometric designs. The designs are made with dyed blue, red, black, green and pink yarn on the front of the bag, and dyed red, green, and black yarn on the back of the bag. The bag has a leather strap at the top.

“Friendship bags,” also known as corn-husk bags, are made of twined cornhusk and contain woven, and sometimes beaded, elaborate geometric or naturalistic designs (Paterek 1994, 212-213). Women often used these bags to “store edible roots and many sorts of valuable goods” (Berlo & Phillips 1998, 132). The Plateau Indians also traded these bags with many different tribes and later with white explorers and settlers.

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Title(s): 
Cornhusk bag
Culture: 
Native American; Nez Perce
Date: 
19th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Idaho, United States of America
Materials/Techniques: 
corn husk, yarn, leather
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
71.20
Department: 
On View

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