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

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

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 30th, 2014 Last Updated on: July 10th, 2018

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!


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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.

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

Paul G

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

nancy jernigan

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

Renee Reinhardt

Please contact me about the hide. Thank you.


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


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.

Caroline Greenwell

Thank you so much for taking the time to teach. I am an adopted Pueblo Indian now age55. I found out my heritage at age 22. I was always different then my classmates even my family. I had a burning desire to create. now I have made pine needle baskets grass and twig baskets but for some reason beads have caught my attention. I have no ability in the things Ive crafted but I like to try my best and give handcrafted gifts. I wish in my life time to prove my heritage, although Im not sure why.I would like to know how Indian names are given. Is there any information you could direct me in? if I have not asked for too much of your time could you also let me know where to buy hide. Thank you so much! Caroline Greenwell I am on facebook welcome to pm

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


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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