L’Assomption Sash, which originated in Quebec, according to the Canadian First Peoples website, is the most recognizable part of the Metis dress. The sash is a true symbol of the people. In the beginning the sash was used mainly by the voyageurs in the fur trade and became a popular trade for the Hudson Bay Company, the North West Company and the Western Metis. They were hand woven, brightly colored wool with fringed edges. This 3 meter work of art was wrapped around the Mid-section to keep their coat closed or hold belongings. According to the FPC website, the sashes were first used as back supports for the voyageurs in the canoes. I found this to be very interesting, as they also spoke of the fringes being used as thread for sewing emergencies.
This is my Metis sash, it was given to me by the Manitoba Metis Association when I first moved to Manitoba to attend school. The MMF sponsored me for schooling and gave me a Metis sash during my first year here. It has always been a symbol to me, and although I have had it for nearly 15 years, I hardly ever wear it…. maybe I should.
The Seven Teachings are part of the First Nations Peoples lives, living on the Prairies here in Canada
Suicide on reserves
Alcoholism on reserves
Pike Lake Culture Daylocal artist: Solomon Colomb 2002
A look back to The Oka Crisis, 13 years ago.Part of my Winter Count
Pearl exclaims;"Can I help you with your homework"
The ulu knife, traditionally the handle is made from caribou antler or walrus ivory. The blade was made of slate, until metal was introduced during the Fur Trade.
Art from Baffin Island.