Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Kit

Produced by the Minnesota Historical Society in collaboration with the Mille Lacs Indian Museum

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Celebrate the culture of the Ojibwe people while decorating your own shoulder bag.

In Ojibwe culture, the bandolier bag is an elaborately beaded shoulder bag historically used to carry tobacco or personal items. Today, these bags are often displayed at public events such as dances and powwows. The beading on a bandolier bag follows patterns inspired by nature and requires hundreds of hours of work and a great deal of skill. You can learn more about this art form with the Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Kit.
Included in the kit:

· 2 preprinted bags for you and a friend

· crayons

· glitter glue

· 24-page guidebook describing Ojibwe traditions and art

· 4-video DVD with step-by-step instructions, an interview with contemporary bead artist Cheryl Minnema, and more.

Learn about Ojibwe culture, explore nature for inspiration, and then personalize your very own shoulder bag.

Available May from Minnesota Historical Society Press

$18.95 boxed set, ISBN: 978-0-87351-825-3

24-page guidebook, DVD with 4 videos, 2 shoulder bags, crayons, glitter glue, 7 ½ x 5 ¼, 24 photos

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Link to the Ojibwe Shoulder Bag kit for classroom use from Minnesota Historical Society’s Education Outreach Department

Video about bead artist Cheryl Minnema, who is featured in the DVD and created the design on the shoulder bag.

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Hungry Johnny by Cheryl Minnema and illustrations by Wesley Ballinger

The Creator’s Game: A Story of Baaga’adowe/Lacrosse by Art Coulson and illustrations Robert DesJarlait

Powwow Summer by Marcie Rendon with photos by Cheryl Walsh Bellville