Penahwenonmi's (Helping Another's) cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch)

Cultural Narrative: 

Penahwenonmi (Helping Another) was a Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) woman who survived the Nez Perce War of 1877 battle ickum'kiléelixpe (The Battle of the Big Hole). Penahwenonmi's (Helping Another's) husband húusus 'ewyíin (Wounded Head) was a Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) warrior who fought in ickum'kiléelixpe (The Battle of the Big Hole). ickum'kiléelixpe (The Battle of the Big Hole) occurred on August 9-10, 1877 and was one of the deadliest battles of the Nez Perce War of 1877, killing approximately 70-90 Nimíipuu (Nez Perce), including warriors, women, and children. One of the children killed was Penahwenonmi (Helping Another) and húusus 'ewyíin' (Wounded Head's) infant daughter.

Penahwenonmi (Helping Another) (1840-1938) was believed to have carried this cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) throughout the later years of her life. cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouches) or bags were attached to belts and used to carry various items, such as supplies, tools, or food. Though Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) women primarily made cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouches), both Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) men and women would wear them attached to their belts. This specific cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) (1986.2.72) was made from cornhusk, yarn, and buckskin straps attached with beads. The pattern sewn on the cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) incorporates red, green, yellow, pink, and black/dark purple colored yarn. Additionally, this cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) has the belt attachment on the back. Since women usually made cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouches), it is possible Penahwenonmi (Helping Another) made this one herself. The exact date this cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) was constructed is unknown, but it is likely in the early 1900s as Penahwenonmi (Helping Another) carried it later in her life.

Penahwenonmi's (Helping Another's) cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) (1986.2.72) is the top item in the photo. The other item below the cúuyes?tke?s (belt pouch) is a parfleche/money fold (1986.2.12).