Saturday, March 12, 2016

1923 Native American medicine pouch

A discussion over on Boise & The Treasure Valley History Group (come on over & join up if you haven't yet) about Idaho 'Belles' eventually got around to my grandmother Francis Beardsley Wood Steunenberg and bronc riding rodeo queen Bonnie McCarroll. That got me pulling out a couple family items from the china cabinet as Bonnie was frequently a participant in the Pendleton Round-up in the 1920's. I have a small, what I am calling a Native American medicine bag, purchased by my grandfather Julian Steunenberg for my then five year old mother Brenda at the Round-up in 1923. At the time, Julian, Francis and the kids were living over in Walla Walla, WA. I pretty much had forgotten about this bag as was buried in back of the cabinet and for me out of sight is out of mind. 

I want to more research to perhaps determine tribal origin and also take a closer look at who was in Pendleton for the round-up that year. I am going ahead with posting a photo now and I will be back if I find more information. I hope any of you will feel free to comment or email me if you have any thoughts on the matter.

Bronc riding queen Bonnie McCarroll
My mother, Brenda Steunenberg Richards c 1923-4


My grandfather Julian circa 1905.
My grandmother Frances Beardsley Wood Steunenberg c1904-5

Other Related:

McCarroll Rodeo Photographs

Mary Ellen "Bonnie" Treadwell McCarroll

Pendleton Round-Up 

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