Robe - ROM2005_6147_3



Maker: Mawnaesk, Tsimshian or Nisga'a
Medium:Wool and cotton ? cloth, shells
Geography: Gitlaxdamiks, British Columbia
Date: 1855
134.6 x 61 cm
Object number: 927.37.145
Not on view
DescriptionAccording to the collector, Marius Barbeau, "Formerly belonged to Niawskedawks, Mawnaesk's sister. Garment was made about 70 years ago, when the present Mawnaesk was a young boy. The same eagle is tattooed on his chest. Blanket and buttons bought from the Hudson's Bay Co. trading post. One of the first robes made of white man's materials. Before that, the robes were made of tanned leather. There is a song connected with this robe. Although Mawnaesk believes that the Split-eagle crest came down to him 'from ages past', we may wonder whether it is not the Russian tzar's crest as it was first seen on the Alaska coast about 200 years ago. Made by the former Mawnaesk. From Mawnaesk's collection. Mawnaesk is the head chief of the Eagle phratry at Gitlaxdamks, while Sqatin is the head chief of the laxkiln (Wolves)."
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