Dog saddle blanket (or tablecloth) - ROM2013_13632_17


Dog saddle blanket (or tablecloth)

Maker: Western Woods Cree, Cree-Métis, or Lake Winnipeg Saulteaux
Medium:Cloth, glass beads
Geography: Norway House or Berens River, Manitoba, Canada
Date: c. 1875
68 × 59 × 0.5 cm
Object number: 999.133.19
Credit Line: Collected by Reverend Egerton Ryerson Young and donated by his great grandsons, William C. Young and David J. E Young. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Atteste par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur L'Exportation et L'Importation de Biens Culturels
Not on view
DescriptionTravel between Indigenous communities was marked with fanfare and celebration. For winter travel, Anishinaabeg and Cree Métis specialized in toboggans with festively painted wood or canvas covers pulled by dog teams dressed in colourful blankets and strings of sleigh bells. Egerton Ryerson Young, the collector,  identified this example as a dog blanket collected by him while a missionary in the upper Lake Winnipeg area between 1868-1876. The floral designs show the influence of “fancywork”, a British embroidery style of the Victorian era.
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