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Medal pouch
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Mi'kmaq
1830-1865, 19th century
Wool cloth, silk ribbon, glazed cotton, birchbark, glass beads, horsehair, thread (linen?)
14.5 x 16.2 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

All Mi'kmaq objects, whether made for personal use or for sale to European consumers, bore traces of symbols and motifs that held great meaning for their creators. Some motifs were based on observations of the world and its marvels, while others were drawn from the world of dreams and visions. The symbols are considered to be very powerful. One example is the double-curve motif seen on numerous Mi'kmaq works, including this one. Its specific meaning is not known.

  • What

    This is a pouch or purse made of wool and decorated with silk and glass beads. The double-curve motif is clearly represented.

  • Where

    Although this bag is of Mi'kmaq origin, its precise provenance is not known.

  • When

    This type of bag was very fashionable in the late 19th century when pockets were eliminated from women's dresses to accommodate the narrower skirt style.

  • Who

    Mi'kmaq objects all bear symbols and motifs that held great meaning for their makers.