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    Athapaskan women's costumes and ornaments
    Athabascan Canada - Western
    Treasures Gallery - In ancient times the Athapaskans (Dene), who lived in northwestern Canada and Alaska, observed strict rituals and taboos to ensure their safety and well-being. Some of those affecting women are illustrated here. The Athapaskans believed that menstrual blood offended animal spirits and that contamination would adversely affect hunting success. At the onset of menses, girls were secluded in huts for long periods, during which they wore fringed hoods like the one here. The hood was to prevent them looking on the faces of hunters; it was believed that, if they were to do so, the hunt would be unsuccessful and members of their lineage might become ill or be killed by vengeful spirits. They drank only from drinking tubes, which might have a grease bag attached; smearing grease on the mouth was intended to reduce the need for food. A necklace like the one at lower left and the collar to its right indicated that a girl was ready for marriage. The weighted ornament at upper left was attached at the back of the head to stimulate hair growth.
    Blackfoot Man's Shirt and Leggings
    Blackfoot US - West
    The Blackfoot owner of this striking garment must have been not only an outstanding warrior but also an ambitious man of great wealth -- wealth that he lavished on the pursuit of sacred blessings and social prestige. In Blackfoot society certain costumes associated with the spiritual patrons of warriors conferred these benefits. This costume is unique in combining the distinctive insignia of three patrons -- the sun, the weasel and the bear. - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Button Blankets
    Haida US - Northwest
    The button blanket, which came into use after European contact, has now become the most popular piece of contemporary feast attire among the people of the north coast - the Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit and Nisga'a. At first, crest designs decorated with dentalium shells were sewn onto wool blankets acquired from maritime fur traders and later the Hudson's Bay company. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the favoured blanket was made of blue duffle, with the designs appliquéd in red stroud. Squares of abalone shell were sewn to the eyes and joints of the crest figures to reflect bits of light as the wearer danced around a fire. When pearl buttons obtained from fur traders came into use, they proliferated onto the formlines. - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Clothing and adornment
    Clothing of Tsimshian nobles -Chilkat blankets -Button blankets -Haida hats -Frontlets -Man's shirt and leggings (Blackfoot) -Knife, sheath, ear pendants and pouch -Métis octopus-type pouches -Naskapi man's coat -Athapaskan women's costumes -Iroquois moccasins -Ojibwa knife and sheath -Inuit parkas -Inuit dance clothing -Inuit fashions today -Dene children's clothing -Dene gloves -Traditional NLaka'pamux clothing -NLaka'pamux male costumes -Deerskin dress (NLaka'pamux) -NLaka'pamux clothing in transition
    Clothing of Tsimshian Nobles
    Tsimshian US - Alaska
    Tsimshian society was divided into three classes: nobles, commoners and slaves. Wealth was reflected in the clothing and personal adornments worn by the chiefs, their wives and children. Nobles wore elaborate headdresses and helmets with crest images carved or painted on them. Their ceremonial clothing included woven Chilkat blankets, aprons and leggings. Following the introduction of European woollen cloth, a new type of clothing was made from dark blue trade blankets, decorated with red flannel crest designs and pearl buttons - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    CMCC - Storytelling: the Art of Knowledge - Introduction
    The stories we want to share with you here are from the Inuvialuit, the Algonquin, the Métis and Cree, the Nisga’a, the Abenaki and the Mi’kmaq. They are told through movement, song and dance, using symbols and imagination. They teach us about the origin of sacred objects and ceremonies, and our relationship to the animals, plants, rocks and each other.
      Canada - Western
    Copper was the ultimate symbol of wealth among the native peoples of the Northwest Coast; like gold, it reflects the brilliance of the sun. According to Nuxalk legend, copper was given to the people by Tsonoqua, who received it from Qomoqua, the master of wealth who lives in a copper house at the bottom of the sea. According to Haida tradition, copper came from the territory of the Eyak people in the Copper River area of Alaska, where it occurs as pure nuggets in the river gravels. In the Prince Rupert harbour shell middens, the use of copper in the form of bracelets, pendants and tubes can be traced back more than 2,000 years, and thus appears to be an early feature of north coast trading and warfare. - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Haida House Models
    Haida Canada - Western
    Haida sculptures range from tall totem poles to the equally complex carved handles of horn spoons. This ability to express artistic concepts over a range of sizes and forms has attracted the admiration of art afficionados worldwide. - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Nadlok and the origin of the Copper Inuit - CMCC
    Inuit Canada - Western
    Artifacts showing Nadlok's age and cultural position are described, but bone and antler arrowheads, whetstones, soapstone vessel fragments, and slate knives common to Inuit sites, including Nadlok, are not emphasized.
    Native Watercraft - through Canadian Museum of Civilization Collection
    Watercraft have long played a vital role in the cultures of most First Peoples in Canada. Indian and Inuit boat builders have produced many varieties of wooden dugout, bark canoe and skin boat, each designed for specific purposes and particular conditions. This selection of Native watercraft from the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s collections highlights the creativity and skill of Indian and Inuit boat builders. Requires registration - but registration is free.
    Painted woven hats
    Haida Canada - Western
    Early engravings by Russian artists depict north coast chiefs wearing woven hats painted with formline crest designs at the period of first contact. Haida women excelled in basketry, making not only woven hats but baskets and mats; hats were woven on a stand with a wooden form appropriate to each size and shape. Male artists painted the hats with the crests of the commissioning family; the colours of paint were restricted to red and black - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Religious or ceremonial objects
      Canada - Western
    Weathercock / Courting mirror / Hearse / Saint John / Chandelier / Tsimshian mask / Interior house screen (Tsimshian) / Copper shields / Raven rattle / Secret society masks (Haida) / Image of Hindu goddess Durga / Dorset masks - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Tools, instruments and equipment
    Tobacco cutter / Weathercock / Weathervane / Weathervane / Steamship / Weathercock / Tool chest / Postal scales / Pendule / Astronomical clock / Astrolabe / Spindle whorl (Salish) - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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