M1085.3 | Headdress

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Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Iroquois, Mohawk
1855-1865, 19th century
Stroud, cotton cloth, cardboard, glass beads, paper, silk ribbon, cotton thread
10.5 x 17.8 x 24 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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This beaded Mohawk headdress was worn on August 29, 1860 during a canoe trip organized in honour of the Prince of Wales, who had come to Canada to attend the inauguration of the Victoria Bridge.

The excursion was offered to the Prince by the Hudson's Bay Company. A flotilla of nine company canoes and 100 Iroquois from Kahnawà:ke and the Lake of Two Mountains, decked out in feather headdresses, leggings and face paint, escorted the Prince from Dorval on. He had a scheduled stop on Dorval Island, where he had tea at the country house of Sir George Simpson. Later they set out once again upon the waters of the Saint Lawrence, stopping on the south shore to visit the Native village of Kahnawà:ke.