Native American

Belt

Artist: Madeleine Seyah

Culture/People: Dene

Place: Ft. Liard, Northwest Territories

Media:Loom quilled porcupine quills on smoked moosehide backing, border beads.

Dims: 1.5 x 38 in. (3.8 x 96.5 cm).

Date: 1987-1988

Description: This loom quilled belt by the artist Madeleine Seyah (Dene) was purchased by Ted Coe on one of his many trips up to Alaska and the Northwest Territories. He found this piece while browsing in the Acho Dene Craft Shop in Fort Laird, Northwest Territories. The moosehide still holds the remnants of the smokey aroma of how it was tanned and the delicate detail of the quillwork really emphasizes the impact of this technique. The looming of the quills results in a surface that can easily be confused with beading, when glimpsed from a distance, but when examined up close the flattened squares of the quills become distinct. Follow this link to learn more about preparing porcupine quills and to see what the Acho Dene Craft Shop is carrying today!​

RTC No: NA0472
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

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