glass beads and leather
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 47, fig. 132.
See R. Conn report (1978).
Red lines or stripes often decorated articles used and worn by Sioux women, particularly their bags. During female puberty rites, red lines painted on the initiates' face symbolized her fertility, and there probably was symbolic meaning when the design was used for women's clothing. Soft leather bags such as this were indispensable in the organization of a nomadic Plains household, serving as saddle bags and as containers inside the tipi. They were considered the exlusive property of women.
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