A Bag Worth A Pony

A Bag Worth A Pony

The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

Book - 2017
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"Bandolier bags, or gashkibidaaganag--the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes--are prized cultural icons. Marcia G. Anderson shares the results of thirty years of study, in which she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves. Anderson examines the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags, giving readers the tools to understand a bag's makeup and meaning. She also offers a tour of Minnesota's seven Ojibwe reservations, showing the beautiful beaded bags associated with each along with the personal insights of six master beadworkers."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781681340296
1681340291
Characteristics: 265 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: Art of the Ojibwe bandolier bag

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EmilyEm
Feb 18, 2018

Just nominated for a Minnesota Book Award, Anderson's look at all aspects of these beautiful works of art involved many years of study. I liked that not only the bags' histories and makers are explored, but construction techniques are shared. Plus, each tribe and their particular bags are revealed--very good for some of us with less knowledge of these Minnesota indigenous people. So glad I read this.

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