Native American

Woman’s Hood

Artist: Unknown

Culture/People: Mi’kmaq

Place: Nova Scotia or Quebec

Media: Wool cloth, glass beads and silk


Date: c. 1875

Description: Inhabiting North America’s northeastern reaches, the Mi’kmaq were among the first tribes to come into contact with Europeans in the early seventeenth century. French nuns brought Venetian glass beads, which could be easily applied to trade-cloth garments. These garments began to replace replace skin clothing and birch-bark accessories decorated with quillwork. By the eighteenth century, a second flowering of Mi’kmaq decorative arts produced collars, moccasins, men’s coats and conical women’s hoods decorated with fine beadwork. Unfortunately, due to their fragility, few such hoods have survived.

RTC No: NA1077
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

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