M267 | Garter

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Grandmother of Chief Moses Stacey
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Iroquois, Mohawk
1905-1915, 20th century
Wool yarn, glass beads, cotton thread
7.5 x 34 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Garters (14)
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The Mohawk village of Kahnawake, located south of Montreal, has long been known for its production and sale of beaded objects. In the mid-19th century, some Mohawks adopted a style of clothing inspired by the Plains Indians. These loom-woven beaded garters were probably part of such an outfit, which might also have included a feather headdress. The garters were tied below the knee, to keep one's leggings up.