thread and sinew-sewn with beadwork in colors of light blue, yellow, rose, dark blue, and white; bold colored quillwork decorates lower rawhide slats, overall length 37 in. first quarter 20th century
With old manuscript tag: Cow Skin Tobacco sack used generally on parade or on some great occasion. The quill work is all cross-braided which is the most difficult work done by Indians. Historical designs. (verso) Made by Mrs. Loveswar, Carmon Ball, N.D.; Agalalla[sic.] Sioux.
William H. Jensen (ca 1887-1979)
In 1933, while laying gravel for his driveway, W. H. Jensen discovered bone fragments and a stone tool, prompting him to investigate further. After several hours of sifting through the gravel, he found more bone fragments belonging to a man dated roughly 9,000 years old, a date confirmed by the lithic flaked tools discovered at the site. The Browns Valley Man was a Paleo-Indian, considered to be of the first people to arrive in the Americas from Asia (though debate on their exact routes and dates is ongoing). During that same time it is believed that Browns Valley was a Paleo-Indian burial site, one of few in the country and the only one in Minnesota. In 1934, it was investigated by A. E. Jenks, University of Minnesota.
Jensen was born in 1887 on an island in Lake Traverse (Jensen's island) and was hunting for arrowheads in the family garden by age 5. He began his vocation as a teacher to the Sisseton Indians of South Dakota which lead to many other business adventures. Throughout his careers, he was known in the community for buying ethnographic material his entire life.
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