Coat - ROM2005_5164_1



Maker: Innu (Montagnais-Naskapi)
Medium:Tanned and bleached caribou hide, sewn with sinew, decorated with painted geometric designs
Geography: Subarctic, Quebec-Labrador Peninsula, Canada
Date: c. 1805
107 × 93 × 10 cm
Object number: 912.23.1
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture

From the C.G. Gladman Collection, collected by family members employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Painted caribou skin coats are material manifestations of Innu respect for the caribou they hunted. The skin, paint and designs were sacred symbols of the essential relationship which existed between humans and animals. Embellished with designs acquired through dreams, the coat pleased the caribou spirit while the hunter received the power of the caribou. Although the painted designs were intrinsic to the Innu world view, the cut of the coat followed European fashion.

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