M5068 | Belt

Anonyme - Anonymous
Western Subarctic
Aboriginal: Dene (Gwich'in or Sahtu)
1830-1860, 19th century
Smoked moosehide, porcupine quills, sinew
117 cm
Gift of the Natural History Society of Montreal
© McCord Museum
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In the 19th century, Dene women often wore a long, caribou-hide tunic that was bound at the waist by a belt of loom-woven, porcupine quillwork with a long hide fringe. Such belts are extremely rare today. This belt, which may have been crafted by a Gwich'in woman, is exceptional both for the finesse of its craftsmanship and the artistry of its design. The subtle interplay of muted earth tones and the rhythmic pattern of triangles make this belt appear to dance, although more than a century and a half have passed since it was last worn.