M7059 | Hood

 
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Hood
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Subartic
Aboriginal: Eastern Cree
1830-1850, 19th century
Stroud, cotton cloth, glass beads, silk ribbon, cotton thread
24 x 63 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
M7059
© McCord Museum
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This woman's hood, dating from the mid-19th century, displays a style of graceful floral beadwork typical of the James Bay Cree. Hoods were a necessary head-and-shoulder covering in the bitter winters of the North; however, finely beaded examples such as this one may have been reserved for special occasions. Prior to adopting floral beadwork embroidery designs introduced by Europeans, Cree women ornamented clothing using natural pigments and porcupine quill embroidery.