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Yazhwango’gen [Bandolier Bag]

15in W x 40in L Loom-beaded central panel worked in bilateral angular arrangements of stylized floriforms. Central pattern is enclosed by zigzag bands and beaded yarn tassels. The bag strap has a similar worked style, over a black velvet and partial-beaded panel of vines and blossoms. Among the Potawatomi and other Neshnabé communities, bandolier bags are considered medicine bags. Worn …


Similar to quoits, the precursor to modern horseshoes, Yuhyouhtchechick and its sub-forms are a popular traditional game played by tribes throughout the United States. Each tribe has their own respective rules and equipment, but all are played in similar fashion. Within Potawatomi communities, each player pitches a pre-determined number of small flat stones at an upright target, the winner having …

Zhoshke’nayabo [Snow Snake]

During Bbongises [Snow Moon] Potawatomi and other Great Lakes tribes play a centuries old sport called Zhoshke’nayabo or Snowsnake. Typically played by men and boys, snowsnake is not only for amusement, but for spiritual and therapeutic means. It is thought that the comradery amongst players remedies the sick. Games can last for several hours and are played individually or as …