Plateau Native American Parflech Bag

circa 1900 


26.75" x 12.75" x 2"

parfleche is a Native American rawhide container. Enveloped-shaped perfleches have historically been used to contain items such as dried meats.

Traditionally women are the main creators of parfleches, first painting stretched out raw hides, then shaping them into their final form. In contemporary culture, both women and men make them.

The bags are traditionally decorated with a distinctive style of graphic artwork, usually depicting landscape features such as rivers and mountains, and even serving as maps.




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