Using ingenious twining techniques, women of the Great Lakes and Central Plains tribes wove beautiful storage bags of bison hair, plant fibers, and wool yarn, often incorporating stylized depictions of mythological beings into their designs. The thunderbird, which embodies the sky realm, was a favorite motif; this one is a detail from an 1840-1860 Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) bag collected in Nebraska.
Cronbrook Institute of Science
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Scott Catalogue USA: 3873d
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Museum ID: 2005.2003.111.4