Loom-beaded bandolier bag, Menominee, northern Wisconsin.
The beaded bandolier bag is a distinctive form created by American Indians in the Great Lakes and Plains regions beginning in the mid-19th century. These large, vividly colored and intricately beaded bags were worn over the shoulder and across the chest and were considered a central feature of ceremonial dress. Because bandolier bags were often given as gifts during intertribal gatherings, it can be difficult to trace the origins of specific bags. According to the records of the Milwaukee Public Museum, this bag was probably made in northern Wisconsin and is Menominee in origin.
via: Anthropology Collections, Milwaukee Public Museum
read more: Steve Cotherman, “Art Traditions of the Anishinabe: Bandolier Bags From the Collection of the Madeline Island Museum,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 93:4 (2010)