M6266 | Armband

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Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Huron-Wendat
1840-1900, 19th century
Birchbark, wool stroud, moosehair, cotton thread, dyes
9.5 x 9.5 cm
© McCord Museum
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In 1825 four Huron-Wendat chiefs, including Nicolas Vincent and Michel Sioui, visited England and were received in the court of King George IV. According to archival records, the men spent several months in England and returned to Wendake with gifts from the king, notably, frock coats from the British army. Huron-Wendat men quickly incorporated this type of coat into their traditional costume. The women dressed them up with magnificent accessories embroidered with moosehair. Leggings, moccasins, sashes (ceintures fléchées) and armbands of metal or birch bark covered with red stroud completed the ceremonial outfit of the men. This style spread through Wendake.

  • What

    This armband is made of birchbark and covered with red stroud embroidered with moosehair.

  • Where

    This type of accessory was worn in Wendake, near Quebec City.

  • When

    This armband, from the second half of the 19th century, is a beautiful example of the marriage between traditional and European materials.

  • Who

    It was Huron-Wendat men who wore this type of accessory. Armbands, usually made of metal, are also found among other groups of Iroquoian origin.