Indian Maid with Beaded Leather Bag - c. 1925


Indian Maid with Beaded Leather Bag - Markham

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This unidentified young woman from The Dalles displays a beautiful beaded leather bag - perhaps created by her own hands. According to the Portland Art Museum's catalog for the "People of the River" exhibition, bags like this were first created in the 1850s, and were carried as a purse, though their purpose was more decorative than utilitarian. The stylized floral pattern shown here became popular in the 1860s, and was intended to depict a living plant, with the stems, leaves and flowers all radiating from a single point as if the plant were growing. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0526
Photographer Benjamin C. Markham
Location Wasco County
Subject Native Americans, Portraits
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.2 x 5.2 inches
Photographer's Number Number 278