Coat, worn by John Tecumseh Henry, Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa) - 911.3.213_2

911.3.213_2

Coat, worn by John Tecumseh Henry, Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa)

Medium:Wool, silk, glass beads, metal
Geography: Southern Ontario
Date: 1860
Dimensions:
110 x 154 x 9 cm
Object number: 911.3.213
Credit Line: Oronhyatekha Collection; Gift of the Independent Order of Foresters
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThis coat was part of the diplomatic dress worn by Chief John Tecumseh Henry when he attended the meeting between representatives of 35 First Nations bands and the Prince of Wales at Sarnia, Ontario in 1860. The headdress, leggings and bandolier bag which belong with the coat are also in the Oronhyatekha collection. The entire outfit is on display in the Sovereign Allies/Living Cultures exhibit in the Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada, First Peoples. John Tecumseh was the son of Maungwudaus (George Henry), whose portrait was painted c. 1851 by Toronto artist Paul Kane. Maungwudaus, John Tecumseh Henry, and other family members toured England and France as performers in the 1840s. The coat is part of the Oronhyatekha Historical Collection which is one of the ROM's founding collections. Dr. Oronhyatekha (1841 - 1907) was a member of the Mohawk Nation who earned an M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1866, and went on to become the Head of the Independent Order of Foresters. In the speech read by the Duke of Connaught at the opening of the ROM on March 19, 1914, Dr. Oronhyatekha is singled out for his collection of objects "which will cause his name to be blessed as long as the Museum stands." (When a young man, Oronhyatekha wrote a speech to be presented to the Prince of Wales on behalf of the Chiefs at Six Nations during the 1860 tour. He also met the Royal Physician, Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, who travelled with the Prince during the tour. Acland became an important figure in Oronhyatekha's subsequent education and career.)
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