M18564.1 | Belt

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Western Subarctic
Aboriginal: Swampy Cree
1872-1878, 19th century
Tanned and smoked hide, ermine fur, silk embroidery floss, cotton thread, metal? buttons, cotton ribbon
6.8 x 67.5 cm
Gift of Mrs. D. A. Murray
© McCord Museum
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This belt goes with a charming outfit made by a Cree seamstress in 1875 for the daughter of Dr. W. B. Malloch. Dr. Malloch was the doctor in Moose Factory, a Hudson's Bay trading post. In the 19th century, several trading posts operated missions that took in Aboriginal and Metis children. The instruction the children received followed the European model: young women learned sewing and embroidery as well as how to run a proper household. Silk embroidery and beadwork became important forms of artistic expression for Aboriginals of the Subarctic region.