Brush mats were woven from bleached and dyed bull rushes since ancient times in the Great Lakes area. They continued to be produced by the Meskwaki women into the 20th Century. Most significantly, rush mats served as the consecrated surface on which sacred bundles were placed during ceremonies in which they were opened and honored. Rush mats were also intimately associated with prayer. Traditionally they were spread out on the benches of the summer house for participants to sit on during ceremonies. This even continued after the Meskwakie began to live in frame houses. About as well preserved as one will find. 105" x 50"
PERIOD: 19th Century
ORIGIN: Great Plains - Meskwaki, Native American
SIZE: 105" x 50"