Nez Perces cornhusk bag

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Nez Perces cornhusk bag

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13" wide x 18 1/4" long

cornhusk, hemp, twine, Germantown wools

circa 1890-1900

excellent condition

ex: Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC; Private Collection

SOLD

(mc2010)

 

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This Nez Perces bag has beautiful colors and it is very finely woven. It should be noted that Nez Perces bags quite often have different palettes on each side. Both sides of this bag are quite appealing.

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. 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 to the Yakima, cornhusk bags are often referred to as being "Nez Perces". The Nez Perces were the largest tribe in the area.