- Museum number
Bag made of buckskin, fibre.
Width: 10.00 - 29.80 centimetres (w)
Length: 20 centimetres (of bag)
Length: 52.50 centimetres (with strap)
- Curator's comments
Ron Johnson of the Trinidad Museum, California commented that this bag is produced with fibre from the yellow Douglas Iris, which would have been traded with inland groups and rolled into cord on the thigh. The handles are probably made from deer hide. The likely origin of this bag is the Yurok village of Tsurai in Northern California. (30/03/2010)
Linda Yamane, an Ohlone weaver, suggests that this is the type of bag the would have been worn by men attached to their belts. Its narrow entrance suggests that it was intended to hold something specific, but the original use is unknown. Assuming that the attribution of this object as from Central California is correct, the body of the bag and the cords that attach it to the hide may be made from the fibre of the dogsbane plant (apocynum cannabinum), evidenced by some unspun threads visible at an abraded portion of the bag's edge. These threads are probably too thick to be Douglas Iris, and age has darkened the material to such a degree that it is difficult to be certain without scientific testing. The strap is made from brain-tanned deer hide. (13/04/2010)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected on George Vancouver's voyage to Hawaii and the NW coast of North America 1791-1795.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1891C25.172 (old CDMS no.)