Nez Perces cornhusk bag

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Nez Perces cornhusk bag

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9 5/8" wide x 11 1/8" tall to the top of the bag, 17 1/8" including the handles

made out of cornhusk, string, Germantown wools, and leather

excellent condition 

ex: Private Collection

SOLD

(mc2015)

 

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The Nez Perces were migratory people who lived in Idaho, Washington and Oregon in the Columbia River plateau.  They traded horses to the Plains Indian tribes. Necessairly, all of their possessions had to be easily transported. Bags were carried by men, women and children during ceremonies as well as in everyday life.

Neighboring tribes in the Plateau area made very similar bags, especially the Yakima Indians. Because their bags are difficult to distinguish from those of the Nez Perces, without documentation to the Yakima, cornhusk bags are often referred to as being "Nez Perces". The Nez Perces were the largest tribe in the area.

This bag has very desirable features: fine weaving, strong colors and design, Germantown wools, excellent condition. Bags such as this are difficult to find.