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Beaded belt pouch

SKU: 4042.07.01

Lakota Itazipcho belt [strike-a-light] pouch handcrafted and beaded for me by prominent Native American artists Joe and Angie, and further improved by me (I repaired beadwork imperfections, added a beaded drop, replaced threads with real sinew).

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Strike-a-Light Bag

SKU: 4064.09.01

Late 19th c. Southern Cheyenne style Beaded Strike-a-Light Bag handcrafted and beaded by a prominent German Plains artist Norbert Kohlruss at Travels Far Trading in .

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Strike-a-light bags were used primarily to house fire making kits: an iron strike-a-light, flint striking stones, and often fire starting tinder. To protect against wetting and water ingestion, the majority of them were not made of buckskin (so if anyone sees such bags made from «thick and soft buffalo skin», etc., know — this is a bullshit, because this type of leather quickly soaks off water, and Indians, being very reasonable people, did not use it, except for stupid white tourists), but from stiff commercial leather, and most have a protective top flap, are bead-decorated on the front side and have tinkle cone dangles at the bottom. They were carried on belts, tied to war or pipe-bags, stored in pockets or larger containers. The use of heavy leather instead of buckskin significantly complicates the beadwork: it is one thing to sew beads on to soft skin, and quite another to do embroidery on a thick harness leather using real sinew — not everyone can!

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