Wabanaki/Algonquin Bead Work

The Native American tribes of New England and the Maritimes
(Canada), which include the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kMaq,
Passamaquoddy and Penobscot, created stylistic masterpieces of color
and design executed in a myriad of seed beads on velvet and silk. Using
large blocks of varying shades of beads they built an artist's palette of
exuberant color that reflected their own unique perspective of the
natural world.

Mi'kMaq (possibly Maliseet) Flat Bag
c. 1870-1880

Ex-Biron/Russo Collection: This bag is
featured on the
cover of The Abbe Museum (Maine)
exhibition catalog:

Made of Thunder, Made of Glass,
American Indian
Beadwork of the Northeast
, 2006
6.50 h x 5.50 w

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Mi'kMaq keyhole shaped flat
bag c. 1870

This bag is a wonderful
example of Wabanaki artistry.  
The florals are vivid, almost
geometric in their precision,
executed with a myriad of seed
bead colors:  greasy yellow,
Bodmer blue, Crow pink, chalk
white, ruby red, turquoise,

The black velvet fabric and
linen lining are original and

MEASURES: 6 inches high by 5
inches wide