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Trading Culture: An analysis of Woodlands Clothing from the late 1700s

Author(s): Mary Kathleen Pitirri

Year: 2015

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The McMichael Canadian Art Collection recently acquired a collection of Great Lakes First Nations clothing (c. 1770-1780), which represents one of only four surviving Chief ceremonial regalia gifted to European diplomats and worn during negotiations (Brasser 2012, 13-33; Roloff 2012, 8). Included in this rare anthology of Woodlands culture are: a pair of men’s deer skin leggings, a pair of moccasins, two finger weaved sashes, a pair of garter pendants, a short strap, armbands, a Wampum belt, and a pair of ‘German’ silver ear decorations. This collection is of interest not only for its rarity, but it also has considerable historic, social, and cultural significance. These clothes provide a rare glimpse into the first 300 years of European and native contact, a unique period of social change and accommodation known as ‘the middle ground’ (White 2011, xxvi). Here, an analysis of Woodlands native clothing is presented to assess the role of gift giving and cultural exchange in the Great Lakes region during the late 1700s.

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Trading Culture: An analysis of Woodlands Clothing from the late 1700s. Mary Kathleen Pitirri. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398418)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America