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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 14, 2003 - Issue 89


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Coat, Trousers and Bag

credits: photo courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian

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Coat, mid 1800's, trousers, mid 1800s, moccasins, mid- to late 1800s, fire bag, mid- to late 1800s, sash, 1600s.
tanned smoked hide, beadwork, cotton mattress ticking, unbleached cotton, metal buttons, stroud, glass beads, silk embroidery, thread, broadcloth, sinew, wool, fur, and silk cord

The coat and pants are a Métis Dakota/Lakota design. The style of the fire, or 'octopus', bag was used by many cultures thourghout the Northwest.

The 'Assumption sash' or ceinture flèche, popular during the fur trade is made using a technique of weaving with the fingers rather than on a loom. It was worn as a belt but many had other uses, including as a tump line to assist in carrying heavy loads of goods.

Over the years it has become a symbol of the Métis identity. This outfit is representative of what a Métis Dakota/Lakota buffalo hunter may have worn in the mid-1800's.

photo: Harry Foster, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC

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