The beaded floral decoration of shot pouches and cap bags follows an artistic tradition known as “bilateral symmetry.” This pattern was once found throughout Eeyou Istchee, as was the central four-petal flower. The heart-shaped curve of the upper edge indicated that the bag was produced along the southern end of Lake Mistassini, in the mid twentieth century.
Elderly women used to make these for their husbands. The men would always wear them, even during a portage and during winter. When they wore these pouches, the Inuit envied them because the Inuit women couldn’t make pouches like that. The Cree women were the ones who were skilled at that. The Inuit men wanted them badly and sometimes they would actually try to grab the bags!
– Andrew Natachequan, Whapmagoostui