Anishinabe (Ojibwe) / Cape / 19th century - 20th centuryAnishinabe (Ojibwe)
19th century - 20th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Native American; Anishinabe
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Anishinabe (Ojibwe)
Title: Cape
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 19th century - 20th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: cotton, glass beads, fur, metal, mirrors
Dimensions: L.29 x W.15-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 91.85.7
Credit Line: The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund

This spectacularly decorated man's cape may have been part of an ensemble of beaded clothing, perhaps including leggings, breech cloth or "apron," one or two bandolier bags, and a hat or headdress--all covered with twining floral designs in bright colors on black velveteen. The mirror decoration, like glass beadwork, makes a new use of trade goods, taking advantage of their shine and color.

These clothing styles developed and flourished even as schools and missions pressed Indian people to become assimilated into Euro-American culture. Like other Native American traditions, distinctive dress--worn on such formal occasions as family and social events or religious ceremonies--helped Woodlands people retain their sense of identity.

AMICA ID: MIA_.91.85.7
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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