M6837 | Drawstring pouch

Drawstring pouch
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Huron-Wendat
1840-1900, 19th century
Tanned and unsmoked hide, porcupine quills, paper, cotton thread, dyes
13.1 x 23.5 cm
Gift of Mrs. C. B. Allardice
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Pouch (117)
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Keys to History

This type of caribou hide pouch (sometimes made of moose hide) decorated with moosehair embroidery was used mainly by men for carrying tobacco and a clay pipe, among other items, when hunting and trapping. The Huron-Wendat did not use caribou hair (fur) in their embroidery because they considered it too short and fine.

The moosehair-embroidered motif on this pouch is often seen on tobacco and pipe bags, that is, a tree on which branches of balsam alternate with dead branches and are topped with a star, a daisy, phlox, a cat's paw or wild chicory.

  • What

    This pouch for tobacco and a pipe is made of caribou hide. It is attractively decorated with moosehair embroidery. Its floral motifs are typical of those found on this type of object.

  • Where

    The Huron-Wendat used pouches like this to carry their tobacco and pipe when working in the woods. Tobacco contained substances that made hunters feel less hungry, enabling them to keep going longer when travelling great distances.

  • When

    This pouch was made during the second half of the 19th century (between 1840 and 1900).

  • Who

    It was mainly Huron-Wendat men who used such pouches, to store their tobacco and pipe.