Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012
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Object description

  • Probably Anishinaabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa) or Odawa (Ottawa) artist
  • Shot pouch, late 18th-early 19th century
  • Buckskin, porcupine quill, deer fur, metal
  • Great Lakes, North America
  • H: 10 1/2 in, W: 7 in (H: 26.7 cm, W: 17.8 cm)
  • Gift of Captain Douglas, 1822
  • E6637
  • Adorned with Thunderbirds, omnipotent beings that keep danger at bay
  • Personal object used to carry something special

These winged figures are Thunderbirds, supernatural beings that dominate the Sky World, offering protection. Thunder booms from their flapping wings, and lightning shoots from their eyes. This pouch's powerful imagery suggests that it was itself an object of power, possibly used to carry tobacco or ammunition.