Shotpouch

In the 1869 Cherokee West Census, there are two families who took the surname Shotpouch.  It’s interesting that before the European settlement, the Indians didn’t have firearms, so the word shotpouch would have been culturally new to them, 200 years after becoming armed, they took the Shotpouch surname.

What was a shotpouch?

The earliest weapons required black powder which was carried in a powderhorn.  The shotpouch was the accessory that held the tools with which to load the gun from the powderhorn. 

I found some examples of Native shotpouches, but none as beautiful as this beaded Cree shotpouch and powderhorn set.  I do believe, given that it came through the family of the governor of Ohio, that it was probably given as a gift. 

This item was sold at auction for a measly $15,000 plus change.  You can read more about it here:

http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=90953

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About robertajestes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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