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Object Name Saddlebag
Object Number 1914.317.1
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description heavy piece of animal hide fully beaded; cloth backing; fringe on three sides; beading is in three rectangular sections with a row of conical metal (tin) pieces, called tinglers, between each; rectangles all have the same design of light blue background with dark blue, light green, yellow and red square, triangle and diamond shapes as well as a red stripe then a blue stripe around the border; remains of red trade wool strips on the short ends; unfringed edge has a strip of yellow beading with red and dark blue stripes; 6" long slit near center lengthwise and toward unfringed edge.
Date 1879/12
Dimensions W-13.386 L-78.031 inches
Dimension Details 15.2cm long slit center near top
Material animal hide; beads; wool
Made Sioux
Provenance this saddlebag is more for decoration rather than being used to carry items. The slit near the front would slide over the front of the front pommel of a saddle and the bags design would hang on each side of the animal. Presented to President Hayes by an Indian named Don't Braid His Hair in December, 1879.
People Don't Braid His Hair
Search Terms American Indian
Don't Braid His Hair
Native American
Plains Indian
Pine Ridge Agency