M9995 | Table mat

Table mat
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Iroquois (Oneida?)
1900-1925, 20th century
Wool cloth, glass beads, silk cloth, cardboard, cotton thread
34.5 cm
Gift of the Estate of Miss Anne McCord
© McCord Museum
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During the early 1800s, as Iroquois peoples were facing the relentless expropriation of their lands and the effects of government assimilation policies, they developed the sale of beaded souvenirs into a veritable cottage industry. They sold standard items of Native apparel such as moccasins and pouches, but also invented a host of remarkable new objects that exploited Victorian taste for novelty and the exotic.