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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Plains Indian Bladder Bag

Plains Indian Bladder Bag, 10 x 9, oil on board © K. Henderson

In the past, no part of a harvested animal went to waste. Bags like this were made from the bladder of an elk or deer. They could be highly decorated with quillwork and beads and might be carried on a belt. They were used to carry Quills or other small maker supplies and other small objects.

 

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Crow Medicine – American Indian

Crow Medicine, oil on board, 10 x 8, © K Henderson

The use of animals parts was a way to connect man with the the Spirit World. Using the talon of a hawk or eagle was a prayer to give the warrior the ability to strike his enemy as successfully as the bird strikes it’s prey

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