Katrina Mitten, of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, has been beading for over 35 years and she has received numerous awards, including 1st Place, Beadwork 2011 Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art Indian Market. She draws upon nature and her heritage for inspiration and often emulates artists of the past.
This bandolier bag is made of tradecloth wool in the traditional style. The spider design from the Mississippian imagery found on shell gorgets is made of seed beads and fresh water pearls. The fresh water pearls are used to pay homage to those original artist who carved the image onto shell. The handprints, representing the people, are wool sewn onto the wool finshed with seed bead border. The fringes are made of bone hairpipes with brass beads. Katrina's bag is in honor of her husband's people - the bringing of fire to the people on the spider's back.
38" strap, Bag width 8 1/4", length 8 3/4"