Object photography

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Object description

  • Huron artist
  • Purse, mid-late 19th century
  • Wool, moose hair, silk, cotton
  • Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada
  • L: 6 in, W: 3 1/2 in (L: 15.2 cm, W: 8.9 cm)
  • Gift of Miss Helen C. Hagar, 1968
  • E45007
  • Purse reflects cross-cultural interactions between Native and non-Native artists, teachers, and clientele
  • Indigenous people turned to trade and selling their merchandise following loss of land

Wendat and Huron women embroidered moosehair on birchbark on scores of varying souvenirs sold to accommodate non-Native market demands. Taught by French-Canadian nuns, this purse's delicately embroidered botanical designs as well as the actual form catered to a Victorian preference. The naturalistic floral motifs also reflect the Huron's affinity to nature.