Bandolier bag

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"One Called From A Distance" (Medwewinind) of the White Earth Band, 1894. He is shown here wearing a Bandolier bag, with the strap across his chest.

A bandolier bag is a Native American bag with a wide strap, often ornately decorated with beadwork, presented to represent honors given to a worthy man. Though bandolier bags are closely associated with the Anishinaabeg, they are not exclusively found among them as many bandolier bags have identifiable stylistic tribal and regional differences. A bandolier bag may be worn either across the shoulder to the side or in front like an apron. In the Anishinaabe language, "bandolier bag(s)" is aazhooningwa'igan(ag), literally meaning "worn across the shoulder".[1]

Bandolier bags are often incorrectly called medicine bags.


  1. ^ Giese, Paula (1997). "Bandolier Exhibit Menu". Native American Indian: Art, Culture, Education, History, Science. Retrieved 2017-04-20.

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