Cherokee Bandolier Bag

The Cherokee were highly skilled bead artists. In fact, Sam Houston gave Andrew Jackson a bandolier bag with the embroidered dedication “To Gnl Jackson From Sam Houston.” (Power 2007, 99). The bandolier bag was used by men to hold clothing or hunting supplies. The Eastern Cherokee used seed beads for decorating before the Removal era. When they were removed to the Indian Territory, they interacted with the tribes already living in the region. This resulted in the Cherokee using the imported glass beads in their work. Many of the designs were characterized by abstract and floral designs. Objective Students will create a paper Cherokee bandolier bag.
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