Ration Ticket Bag, 9 x 12, oil on canvas
Beaded pouches, rectangular in shape, decorated with tinkling cones or fringe and having short flaps, were used through the 1800's to carry a strike-a-light steel, a flint, matches and often ration coupons
With each treaty signed between the Indian tribes and the US Government, rations of food were promised. The usual practise was to give each head of family a ration ticket, with the number of rations he was entitled to, at the start of each quarter. These were presented to the agency warehouse each Saturday, the ticket was punched and rations were given out.
The rationed varied over time but often consisted of beef, flour and pork with the occasional coffee sugar, soap and tobacco.