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Title: Assomption Sash

Date: early 19th century

Additional Creator Information: Métis

Medium: cotton or linen

The first Assomption sashes were worn by men from the St. Lawrence Valley who travelled west as voyageurs in the fur trade. Over time, these became symbols of the Metis Nation. This sash was finger-woven - without the use of a loom. Can you see how tightly the strands are inter-twined? Look closely at the eye-dazzling pattern. Sometimes these patterns are specific to families, much like Scottish tartans.

Collection Area: Native North America

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum

Catalogue No: AR 301

Image No: P0012132

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This artifact can be used in conjunction with Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.

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