M956.1 | Coat

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Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Mi'kmaq
1865-1900, 19th century
Stroud, silk, silk ribbon, grosgrain, metallic ribbon, cotton thread, glass beads, horsehair
68 x 109 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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Please Yourself, Please Others

The Mi'kmaq were always open to new influences from within their own communities, from other Aboriginal groups or from the European newcomers. When they saw an object they liked, they traded for it and made copies, while adapting the item to their tastes. Take the example of this wool coat. Such coats were first acquired by the Mi'kmaq during the fur trade or as gifts at ceremonies with Euro-Canadians. The Mi'kmaq eventually made their own wool coats, like this one, and decorated them with the glass bead motifs that they found so pleasing.

  • What

    This man's coat is made of wool and decorated with silk ribbons and small glass beads strung on horse hair.

  • Where

    This coat comes from Nova Scotia or New Brunswick.

  • When

    After the late 19th century, this type of coat was worn only for important occasions.

  • Who

    This man's coat is modelled on the wool coats worn by European military personnel during the 18th century and later acquired by the Mi'kmaq through trade or as gifts.