Hemp and cornhusk flat storage bag. circa 1835 Slightly trapezoid with holes the only evidence of closure. Plain twining hemp with an usual bag construction. False embroidery of dyed and undyed cornhusk. Both side horizontal three triple-hourglass figures. Design area alternates between one lane with false embroidery and one lane unembroidered.
Dimensions H 55.5, W 45.5 cm.
“The decoration of the bags reflected particular family designs. The Nez Perce employed the bags for storing edible roots or bulbs “during harvest time and for winter storage.” The bags would also be used for “ceremonial events, such as wedding trade, burials, or feast gatherings and ‘giveaways’ during memorials of a deceased member of the family village, or Tribe." Allen Slickpoo Sr. 1995