Mitts - 2014.63.3.1-2_1



Maker: Cree or Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa)
Medium:Hide, embroidery thread
Geography: Saskatchewan or Manitoba
Date: 1875-1890
32 x 20 cm
Object number: 2014.63.3.1
Credit Line: Gift of the descendants of Amelia M. Paget
Not on view

Part of the collection made by Amelia Paget. She was born in 1867 in Fort Simpson, the daughter of a Hudson’s Bay trader. She moved to Fort Qu’Appelle in 1873, then to Fort Pitt in 1884. Living almost her entire life in Cree and Ojibwa speaking communities Amelia became perfectly fluent in those languages. She spent several months, nominally as a captive, in the camp of the Cree Chief Big Bear in 1885 during the Riel Rebellion. She moved to Fort Garry in 1886, before marrying Frederick Paget in 1899. He had been an Indian Affairs Clerk in Saskatchewan. In 1906 Lord Grey, the Governor General, asked Amelia to write a book on the Canadian Plains Indians, People of the Plains. In this context she travelled in the fall of 1906 to interview elders concerning their history, customs, and folklore in the following Saskatchewan Plains Indian communities: File Hills, Moose Mountain, Muscowpetung, and Crooked Lake agencies.

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