Pouch made out of commercial leather. Overall beadwork executed in lazy stitch and seed beads. Beadwork is of yellow, blue, green, and red geometric shapes on a white background in the center of pouch. On one side of pouch is one row of lazy stitch with alternating blue and white seed beads. There is a flap opening at one end of pouch and leather thongs laced around opening and used to secure pouch closed. One thong has a small piece of red cloth attached to it.
Catalog card notes this pouch belonged to Chief Wooden Leg.
Captain Stephen Olop (1879-1974) worked as a federal agent under Indian Services as superintendent of construction for Native American Indian Schools. He is documented at the Rosebud Indian School (1913-14) and the Ute Navajo Springs Agency (1915-16). He later served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He loaned a large number of American Indian objects to History Colorado. Accession records indicate some objects were received for a loan in 1915, 1918, others in 1924. In 1949, he gifted 30 objects to History Colorado. The remainder was later converted in 1958 after multiple attempts to reach him. In 1965, he formally gifted the remainder, although in 1969 Olop requested some financial compensation. Payment of $1500 was made to him. He collected items from reservations and purchased others from young military officers who fought in conflicts often referred to as the “Indian Wars”.
Tongue River Reservation, Montana.