Gifts of the River

Beaded Bandolier Bag By Martha Berry

Winner: Best of Division, Traditional Beadwork and Quillwork, Cherokee Art Market, 2019

Size: Approximately 36 H x 16 W x 3/4 D

Materials: Fresh water pearls, glass beads, wool stroud, cotton, silk. All materials and techniques are period authentic to early 19th century Cherokee beadwork.

Notes: This bandolier bag required 314 hours to produce and was completed 10/6/2019. It is available for sale at $8,500.

"MawMaw used to say that the blood of your folks and their folks was 'upstream.' That's the blood that's come down to you. The 'downstream' blood represents the ties we share with our children and their children - it's what we give of ourselves to our babies."

- From the short story "Blood Memory" by Daniel H. Wilson, Cherokee author