M9812 | Case

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Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Huron-Wendat
1875-1900, 19th century
Birchbark, silk, moosehair, cotton thread, dyes
5 x 18.4 cm
Gift of the Estate of Miss Anne McCord
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the village of Lorette was a frequent destination for visitors, mainly British army officers and their wives, who were drawn there out of curiosity. Throughout the 19th century, Huron-Wendat women played a major role in the fashioning of attractive objects intended for sale to visitors who wanted a reminder of their trip to Lorette. The tourist art of this era is characterized by the ingenuity with which Huron women produced Victorian-inspired objects, both common and whimsical. Objects such as this handkerchief case looked European but were made from traditional materials using Huron-Wendat styles and decorative techniques.

  • What

    This pink silk handkerchief case has a bottom and flaps made of birchbark. The case could also be used to hold gloves. Its embroidered floral motifs are elaborate and the colours from plant dyes are vivid.

  • Where

    Cases such as this were made in Wendake for sale to tourists visiting that community or Quebec City.

  • When

    This case was made between 1875 and 1900.

  • Who

    Huron-Wendat women were inspired by Victorian-era fashions in creating objects like this one, so rich in artistry.