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Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Iroquois
1880-1910, 19th century or 20th century
Velvet, cotton cloth, glass beads, paper, metal glitters, cotton thread
27 x 85 cm
Purchased by the McCord Museum of Canadian History
© McCord Museum
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The Iroquois adapted European materials in making their clothing and accessories, replacing skins with fabric, porcupine quills with beads and painted designs with silk ribbon appliqués. Photographs from the mid-19th century show Iroquois men and women wearing hats, collars, large belts, leggings and moccasins covered with ornate beadwork. Such clothing, so original and striking, was an important means by which the Iroquois affirmed their identity and their sovereignty in the face of powerful government repression.