Crow Parfleche Medicine Pouch beadwork, crow, document pouches, envelopes, medicine pouches, parfleche packets, sale item
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Crow parfleche medicine pouch

Item Number: N272


Crow parfleche medicine/document pouch. Repurposed from a larger parfleche packet. Stitched together with brain tanned hide with bead drops. The term parfleche was first coined by the French fur traders and derived from the French word “parer” meaning defend and “fleche” meaning arrows, as the hide was tough enough to be used as a shield and deflect an arrow. The original containers had graphics that were maps, geographical depictions such as rivers and mountains, or symbols that told the family’s stories. Once the parfleche left the family, the story was lost and the parfleche became Native American art rather than a meaningful storyteller.

PERIOD: Circa 1900 or earlier

ORIGIN: Crow, Plateau

SIZE: 12" x 13"


PRICE $ 1,900 $ 3,500

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