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Museum Minute: A Modern Pipe Bag


Lauren Good Day is Arikara Hidatsa Blackfeet and Plains Cree. Rebecca West, the curator of the Plains Indian Museum, said this diverse cultural heritage informs her as an artist. Good Day usually does beadwork, parfleche or painting. So West said this pipe bag is unusual.

West said the pipe bag is also unusual because of its size.

“It's about all total three feet high, really long fringe. It's made out of tanned elk hide, I believe. And it has a front that has a really bright yellow beadwork,” said West.

She said a pipe bag is traditionally a man’s item so it’s interesting that a female artist has made one.

“The images on the front also have both a male and a female warrior image and each one is holding an American flag,” said West. “So a lot of these designs she's using are older, they're more traditional, but she's really talking about the modern day roles of both men and women as leaders.”

West said this piece of art displays how the arts can reflect the interchangeability of male and female artists.

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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