Native American Hand Made: The Death Bag

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Created by local Lakota artist Joelle Follows The Road, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, created this bag to commemorate loved ones who have passed away. Art can be helpful during our time of mourning.

“This design came to me this year after the loss of my aunt Margaret. She took care of me when I was ill as a child, I love and miss her everyday. Also, the loss of my children’s grandfather Ambrose. He was always welcoming to me and my girls when we would visit their ranch on the southern part of the Standing Rock Reservation. The blue and gold/brown colors represent the earth, air and water that each individual was provided. The bruised leaves show the resilience of the flower.”
~Joelle Follows The Road, 2019

The bag features dyed porcupine quillwork, abalone shells, metal and glass beads, metal spots all on felted material. The bag is lined with cotton material. The actual bag measures 12 inches long by 9 inches across. 

Length 17 | Width 9 | Deep .5 inches

Length is measured from the top of the handle to the bottom of the bag.
All measurements are approximate.


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