Nez Perces bag

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Nez Perces bag

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8 1/4" wide x 8 5/8" tall to the top of the bag

cornhusk, hemp and Germantown wools

excellent condition with a few missing stitches at the rim

no evidence of handles

circa 1880-1890s

ex: Vonda Owings Webb, an artist from Laguna Beach, California; Michael Anderson, Redondo Beach, California; Alan Kessler Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Private Collection

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This Nez Perces bag is very finely woven. In addition, the designs and colors of wool used are very appealing and the feel of the bag is yummy, being very soft and pliable. The documentation that accompanies the bag is also very nice to have.

The Nez Perces were migratory people who lived in Idaho, Washing and Oregon in the Columbia River plateau. They traded horses to the Plains Indian tribes. Necessarily, 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 the Yakima, cornhusk bags are often referred to as being "Nez Perces". The Nez Perces were the largest tribe in the area.