Fringed and beaded Dakota bag

Color image of a fringed and beaded Dakota bag with drawstring closure created in the 1930s for sale to tourists.

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Fringed and beaded Dakota bag with drawstring closure created in the 1930s for sale to tourists. The five left-facing swastikas rendered in beads are traditional American Indian (as well as Southeast Asian) symbols of peace and good fortune. Their use in this context pre-dates, and is unconnected to, Nazism.

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