Pipe bag - ROM2006_8302_1


Pipe bag

Maker: Probably Plains Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa) or Plains Cree
Medium:Beaded hide
Geography: Canada
Date: c. 1870
89 x 25 cm
Object number: NS40751
Credit Line: G.J. Chadd Collection
Not on view

Ritualized smoking has been a long-held and widespread practice among Indigenous peoples in North America. The Plains Peoples marked the importance of such ceremonies with special bags that held their smoking paraphernalia. Such bags generally had a long, three-part form composed of a hide sleeve, beaded panel, and hide fringe. The style of the beadwork on the panels varied from tribe to tribe. The earlier Plains Peoples who specialized in geometrical patterns admired the lush floral imagery of the newly arrived Anishinaabeg, Cree, and Métis.

Cataloguer: Arni Brownstone
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