Spectacular bandolier bag by Paul St John, Mohawk. The beadwork designs on this bag are primarily Cree/Ojibwe style, but Paul says some of the leaves have Iroquois influences as do the vines.
Glamorous beaded goose on a Iroquois beaded bag by Paul St John, Mohawk. The bag is of soft rich velveteen, a green so dark it looks black in all but strong light. Paul uses all vintage glass seed beads on this bag. Iroquois style round transparent mauve flowers with solid pink pearl bead centers on transparent green stems with long narrow green leaves.
An regal Great Blue Heron standing stoically graces the lid of this larger size oval coiled tidal sweetgrass. Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman has fashioned the heron of porcupine quills. The heron stands in blue water with 3 cattail plants around him. Great blue herons are seen frequently in Maine's many lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, tidal estuaries and in salt marshes along Maine's coast.
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.
A charming Ruby Throated Hummingbird of porcupine quill appears to hover over a red flower bud on the birch bark handle of this dance fan. Partridge feathers are atop the fan. Beautiful etched leaves on graceful stems surround the hummingbird and extend to the very bottom of the handle. A stunning addition to your regalia or a gorgeous display piece.
This Wabanki woman doll is wearing traditional mid to late 1800's clothing featuring traditional peaked cap of vintage red wool with very bottom of back of the made of vintage navy blue wool. White beaded Wabanaki double curve designs are sewn on the cap. She has a navy blue wool skirt and short red wool jacket, both with ribbon work.
A loon and it's chick grace the lid of this larger size oval coiled tidal sweetgrass. Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman has fashioned the scene of porcupine quills. The loon paddles on blue water with it's chick on it's back. There are 3 cattail plants around him. Loons are seen frequently in Maine's many lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, tidal estuaries and in salt marshes along Maine's coast.
An important work by Paul St John (registered Mohawk, his father's tribe & Passamaquoddy/Maliseet/MicMac - his mother's heritage). Here Paul has used two traditional techniques to decorate this oval birch bark box, porcupine quillwork and bark scraping (etching). The box lid features a quillwork rabbit smoking a pipe.
The trilobe pincushion and pillow are traditional shapes for Iroquois beadworkers. The American flag has been a beadwork design by Iroquois and many Plains tribes for about 150 years. There has been a book written about the use of American Flags as decoration for Indian art/craft. A short explanation - as tribes defended their homelands, they were defeated by the firepower of the cavalry.
Hummingbird hovers over a red flower with red hearts/double curves of porcupine quills on each corner of this birch bark and coiled sweetgrass envelope basket by Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman.