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Wabanaki Style Shoulder bag - Vintage Hudson Bay Blanket


This is a traditional shoulder bag with a braided strap made of soft brain-tanned deer leather. The front and front flap are made from a vintage red old Hudson Bay blanket, the back is of the same very soft brain- tanned deer hide. The front (and flap) are decorated with traditional Wabanaki beadwork designs. This bag is made by Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman. (He is enrolled Mohawk member - his father's tribe. His mother is Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Mi'kmaq) The early Wabanaki beadwork design on the front is made of double curves with trifoliate designs at the center. There are 5 Northeastern tribes in the Wabanaki Confederation; Abenaki, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot Maliseet and Mi'kmaq. All Wabanaki tribes use the double curve design as do the Iroquois.

Paul has placed vintage glass trade beads, vintage French brass bells and beads, with a hairpipe bead hand carved from deer antler at bottom corners of this bag. Deer hide leather dangles are at the top corners of this bag. On the bottom of the front flap are 3 trade silver "washer" brooches, each is 3/4" in diameter.

The bag is 9.5" long with flap closed, the width is 7" and the strap is 25" from center of top to side of bag at it's attachment point. With flap open, bag's length is 13".

Wabanaki & Iroquois traditionally made and used bandolier bags and shoulder bags, of varying styles, materials and designs. Here vintage white glass seed beads are used to make traditional beaded Wabanaki designs on the front.

This would make a great addition to your regalia, to any outfit, or to display - in glass case or just to hang.

Wabanaki Shoulder Bag
Wabanaki Shoulder Bag, back
Wabanaki Shoulder Bag, open
Wabanaki Shoulder Bag, close up
Wabanaki Shoulder Bag, bead/brass dangle
Weight: 10 oz