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Bear hide Bag w/Iroquois Confederacy beadwork Design

$128.75

A smaller size bear hide bag with a beaded strip in the "Hiawatha Iroquois Confederacy Wampum belt" design. The front of the bag is made of bear hide tanned with fur left on. The back, strap and flap are made of very soft elk hide. A round hand carved bone bead has been used for a closure on the flap.

The beadwork strip on the front flap is of vintage white and lavender seed beads which are the colors of wampum. The flap has a beaded edging around the front and sides in white seed beads. Wampum is created from the shell of a clam. The beads are cut from the white and purple parts of the shell. The pieces are rounded, sanded and drilled to make a bead. Because of the effort that is needed to make a bead, wampum is highly valued. Treaties among tribes were recorded with w ampum beads strung in specific designs. The belts, or strings of wampum put together in a design are records of peace between the nation/tribes of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) The design on this bag is the design of the Hiawatha wampum "belt" which is the national belt of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). The belt is named after Hiawatha, the Peacemaker’s helper. This belt records when 5 nations; the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk becoming a confederacy. … (from left to right .. Seneca is square, Cayuga rectangle, Onondaga tree, Oneida rectangle, Mohawk square.

The bear fur is very very thick and very very soft, shiny. The bag itself is 4.75" long and 3.75" across. The flap hangs 3" over the front. The beaded "Hiawatha Belt" is 2.75" long and 1.5" high. The bear fur is about 4" below the bottom of the bag ... so it is about 8.75" long ... Strap is 22" long from center back of strap to side attachments. So this can be a shoulder bag or A knot can be tied to make it as short as you would like. You could wear as a shoulder bag, wear this around your neck, tie it to your belt, your backpack... whatever. Or use this as a decorative display item.

You can enclose medicines - natural or prescribed, or money, jewelry, smudging herbs (sweetgrass,tobacco, cedar, sage), crystals, fetishes ... whatever.

There will be 3 bear hide bags on this site and NONE of them can be sold/shipped out of the country or to the following states - Alaska, California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin. There may be others where bear hide/fur/claws/bones/parts are illegal. If you reside in one of them or any of the states listed please do not order any item that is made from bear. Should you purchase one and I see it is being shipped to one of the states above, I will not ship and will refund your money to your paypal account. Should your state have recently passed a law making the purchase of ownership of bear hide illegal - it is your responsibility to know this.

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Bear Hide Bag w/beadwork strip
Bear Hide Bag w/beadwork strip - close
Bear Hide Bag w/beadwork strip - back, open
Bear Hide Bag w/beadwork strip - back
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Weight: 12 oz