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Hood - e mitsuits utstenden / miska studen

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1960A242
Collection:Ethnography - North America
Date:1840 - 1860

Maker Information

Maker:Cree - View history


This type of decorated woollen cloth hood was made by the women of the James Bay Cree of northern Ontario, Canada. Beaded hoods were traditionally worn by both men and women in the Fort Albany area of James Bay, and references to them occur as early as 1670. This particular type was worn by high-ranking married Cree women, the designs influenced to some extent by 19th century European decorative arts and the 'language of flowers'.

Transferred from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Sinew strung beads stitched on to cloth with commercial thread; loom-woven bead strip.
Place of Origin:Ontario, Canada


Height:500 mm
Width:240 mm