ME988.136.17 | Coat

Anonyme - Anonymous
Western Subarctic
Aboriginal: Dene, Dene Tha' (Slavey)
1875-1900, 19th century
Beaver fur, velvet, silk, cotton cloth, wool cloth, tanned and smoked hide, glass beads, metal beads, cotton braid and cotton thread
61 x 79 cm
Gift of M. Julien F. Gaudet
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Jacket (20)
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Keys to History

This beautiful jacket from the Northwest Territories is a fine example of the decorative skill that the Metis people brought to their clothing. Made by an unknown artisan, it incorporates caribou or deer hide, beaver fur, velvet, silk, cotton, wool and glass beads. Like the Metis themselves, this artifact is a mixture of the indigenous and the European. It was given to a Hudson's Bay Company employee by a man he had saved from drowning.

  • What

    This decorated jacket, made of a number of different materials, is a beautiful work of indigenous craftsmanship.

  • Where

    The jacket was made in Fort Good Hope in the Northwest Territories.

  • When

    The jacket dates from the last years of the 19th century.

  • Who

    It was given to Léon Gaudet, a fur trader who worked at a Hudson's Bay Company fur trade post in northern Quebec, and a descendent of Charles Phillip Gaudet, fur trader at Fort Good Hope, NT, from 1861 to 1917.