A SIOUX BEADED HIDE TOBACCO BAG
sinew sewn and lane-stitched in numerous shades of opaque and translucent beads, with a large-scale concentric diamond enclosing a cross on one side, a pair of American flags surmounted by an eagle and three stars on the other, similar star motifs and banded beadwork on the upper panel, a bold design in yellow, purple and red-dyed porcupine quill work below, hide fringe along the bottom, trimmed with quill-wrapped tassels terminating in metal cones inserted with red fiber
Length: 43 in. (109.2 cm.) overall
This tobacco bag belonged to Lakota Chief, William Spotted Tail (1857 - 1931). Upon Spotted Tail's death, his children gifted it to W. O. Roberts, Superintendent of Indian Affairs on the Rosebud Reservation. The bag was subsequently passed down to Roberts' daughter, who sold it in 1980.