Tutorial: How to Bead a Tobacco Bag, Lakota Style!

Tutorial: How to Bead a Tobacco Bag, Lakota Style!

Benjamin Sitting Bull created a couple of tutorial videos for folks wanting to learn some Lakota beadwork. Watch as he adds beads to a small tobacco bag using a lazy stitch.

Part 2 talks about finishing the edge

And here he is with the finished product!


Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Paul G

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

10 Comments on “Tutorial: How to Bead a Tobacco Bag, Lakota Style!”

  • Avatar for Onedog



    You can find everything you need at Crazy Crow Trading Post and other items at Amazon.

    • Avatar for Tonya Ulmer

      Tonya Ulmer


      I love all your products for the pow wow

  • Avatar for Cindy



    I’m interested in the tobacco pouch. Can you tell me where to order the supplies. Than you cindy

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      Look at Crazy Crow Trading Post or Noc Bay Trading Post.

  • Avatar for nancy jernigan

    nancy jernigan


    enjoyed watching the bead work. could i buy it for a friend he just found out he is native ?

  • Avatar for Renee Reinhardt

    Renee Reinhardt


    Please contact me about the hide. Thank you.

  • Avatar for PutYourWeedInThere



    Not a lot of people know this, but you can put your weed in there!

  • Avatar for Min



    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I have searched the Internet over and over in an attempt to make moccasins and mukluks. I have made quite a few pairs already for my husband, boys, grandchildren and nephew and nieces. They are not by any means state of the art, but they are my creations. I have been using commercially tanned hides, but would like to know a bit more about tanning hides with the brains of the animal. I remember my great granny saying there is enough brain in the animal to tan its hide. How true this is, I don’t know, but I never questioned my granny. She was a smart lady in my books. So if you have that knowledge and would pass it on, I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance.

  • Avatar for Connie Gritts

    Connie Gritts


    I am interested in bead work looking for a good place to order patterns and native American crafts, really interested in the madaillon, can you help me

  • Avatar for Denine



    I found this very informative. My Great Grandma was Cree, but I didn’t Know her. I have always had such a great interest in the culture but no one to ask questions to. I hope you continue to post,I really enjoy it.

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