Tuesday Program: The Bandolier Bag: A Bag Worth a Pony

Event Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Event Time: 11:00 am 

Marcia Anderson, Guest Speaker

“A Bag Worth a Pony” is the story of Bandolier bags, beautiful beaded shoulder bags and their creators, American Indian women who designed the bags and did the elaborate bead work that brought the designs to life. Most of the bags were made by members of tribes around the Great Lakes. Objibwe artists from Minnesota were among the most prolific and talented of these artisans.

Marcia Anderson, who for many years was the curator of the Minnesota Historical Society’s museum collections, researched and wrote the story of the bags, prized by collectors throughout the world for their beauty and artistry. In addition to telling the history and meaning of the bags, Marcia introduces readers to contemporary master artisans from seven Ojibwe reservations who are helping to keep the tradition alive. Marcia will talk about the book, and what she learned during the nearly 30 years she researched, studied and became delighted by Bandolier bags that were said to have been so sought after that they were indeed traded for a pony. 


The Tuesday Program is a Club tradition to educate, inspire and entertain our Members and guests. Coffee and tea are served at 10:30 am in the Lounge, followed by a Guest Speaker in the Ballroom at 11:00 am and lunch in the Dining Room at 12:00 pm. The cost for lunch is $18.00 plus tax and service charge ($23.28, inclusive of tax and service). Reservations are not necessary.

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