M7062 | Pouch
Anonyme - Anonymous
1901, 20th century
Moose fur, sinew
10.1 x 12.2 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Pouch (117)
Keys to History
Today, artisanal techniques and materials are very diverse and the men and women of Wendake continue to make objects that evoke the material culture of their ancestors. There have also been numerous "borrowings" from other Aboriginal nations, and these days in Wendake you can buy dream catchers as well as other objects representative of pan-Aboriginal culture.
One example is this small change purse in sealskin (a raw material of the Inuit). Made for resale in urban boutiques, it became very popular in the 1970s.
In the 20th century, small manufacturers in Wendake used sealskin to decorate moccasins and make other everyday items such as this small change purse.
According to the Elder Ludovic Sioui (who has now died), the Huron-Wendat travelled as far as Rivière-du-Loup to hunt seals. Seals were hunted at low tide when they climbed onto the rocky banks of the St. Lawrence River and it was easy to approach and kill them.
Seal hunting and the use of their fur and hide by the Huron-Wendat and the Malecite grew in popularity in the 20th century.
Both the Huron-Wendat and the Malecite hunted seals in the Rivière-du-Loup area for the several businesses in Wendake that produced items made with the skin and fur of seals.