Artifacts

Birch Bark Container
ITEM: NMEMG 53_1888
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Made from dyed porcupine quill and birch bark, this is an example of a decorative container made using traditional materials and techniques. Birch bark was readily available, light and water and rot resistant. Firstly made for use, basketry was turned into a craft and made for sale to European travellers. This container is likely to be an object of “curios”.

Dress Ornaments
ITEM: 709, 710, 712, 714
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Moose foot ornamented with embroidered flowers and beaded tassels. Decorated with sewing and beading. Provenance to be speculated from the Northeast area.

Floral Moccasin
ITEM: 720
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The influence of floral designs first emerged from contact with the French in Eastern Canada and eventually spread Westward, particularly to the Plains area. This pair is attributed to the Wynadot (Huron) Tribe due to contact with French explorers in the Northeast. The design features black suede with floral embroidery and lined with crimson silk. Even though floral designs were... read more

Red and Turquoise Beaded Moccasin
ITEM: 721
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Dark leather with beaded detail. Beads were firstly introduced to the Iroquois during European exploration. Beads were one of many objects used for trade. Between the 16th and mid-19th centuries, European traders traded beads, as well as cloth, copper ketals, iron works, guns, ammunition for animal furs and food. These furs would be transported back to Western Europe and used in cl0thing, as was the fashion during this period. Beads... read more