Native American

Coat

Artist: Unknown

Culture/People: Cree

Place: Ontario or Quebec

Media: Moose hide, quills, wool, rocker stamping on the hem and natural dyes

Dims:

Date: c. 1740

Description: By 1743 fur traders on the shores of the Hudson Bay had adopted the coat which they called “tockey” or “toggey”, from the Cree muska togy or  misko takiy. Cree women made these coats for both European and Cree men, designed to wrap around the body as it once wrapped around the animal. We believe the one in our collection may have ended up in Europe as it was a “goodbye” gift from the woman to the trapper. Acquired from Taylor A, Dale Tribal Arts and Trotta-Bono Ltd. 2006.

RTC No: 1172

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Cree coat from c. 1740

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