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Whadoo tehmi / Long-ago people's packsack: Dene babiche bags: tradition and revival

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This richly illustrated book profiles the legacy and artistry of the traditional Dene babiche bag. Once a commonplace item in every Dene home, the art of the babiche bag—a netted bag made of caribou thong—was all but lost until the recent grassroots revival described in this book. Although intended for practical use, these bags were often beautifully decorated with porcupine quillwork, fringes and embroidery, as demonstrated in the book’s numerous photographs. Details of construction round out this fascinating look at an enduring craft, providing inspiration and instruction for scholars and artisans alike.

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