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So Many Bags, so Little Known: Reconstructing the Patterns of Evolution and Distribution of Two Algonquian Bag Forms
Kate C. Duncan
Vol. 28, No. 1, Art and Material Culture of the North American Subarctic and Adjacent Regions (1991), pp. 56-66
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316292
Page Count: 11
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Among the firebags so frequent in North American Indian collections, two forms—the panel bag and the tabbed bag called an octopus bag—are dominant. Both became strongly established in the nineteenth century among Algonquian speakers in the central Subarctic. Some also moved westward across the continent with their originators, particularly the Cree and Cree-Métis, exciting admiration and in several regions, imitation. This paper establishes pre-nineteenth century roots for both bag forms. It examines each in its classic central Subarctic version and outlines its diachronic and geographic distribution, describing the variants which were produced in the Great Lakes, the Plains, the Plateau, and on the Northwest Coast.
Arctic Anthropology © 1991 University of Wisconsin Press