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Tahltan bag
ca. 1880–1890
British Columbia, Canada
Wool, silk, cotton, glass beads, semi-tanned hide
76 x 20 cm
Collected by Lt. George Thornton Emmons

Tahltan men wore beaded, round-bottomed, straight topped caribou-hide firebags over one shoulder, or around the neck, during ceremonial occasions. These bags are more elaborate versions of Tahltan men’s utilitarian pouches used to hold ammunition. This ceremonial firebag, with its characteristic back extension above the pouch opening, is made from hide and red and black wool broadcloth. It has a beaded broadcloth strap edged in silk and an almost fully beaded pouch with geometric motifs composed largely of nested rectangles—a design pattern characteristic of the Tahltan.

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