Paint Bag of Edward Bent Box Sr.
This long, narrow hide bag is dyed with red ochre paint pigment. The bag is open at one end. It is tied into a roll with a length of hide that is attached to the bag. There is a small amount of pigment insided the bag.
Objects belonging to Edward Bent Box Sr. were donated to History Colorado in 2014 by his widow and executor of his estate, Diane Box. Their wishes were that his possessions return to Colorado, where he was born and lived much of his life. According to Diane Box, this paint bag was from a cave in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. It was used by Mr. Box during Sun Dance ceremonies. Pigment from inside the bag was also used by Diane Box to prepare Mr. Box for burial after his death.
Originally found in a cave at Taos Pueblo.