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American Museum of Natural History
Item: garters

Date: 1922

Area: Mistissini

Catalogue number: American Museum of Natural History 50.2-2251a,b

Dimensions: Length 35.3cm; width 5.9cm

Technique: Edges pinked

Motifs: abstract floral

Collector: Frank G. Speck

Notes: Garters were usually worn below the knee to hold leggings in place. They consisted of narrow strips made of various materials and decorative techniques (such as woven porcupine quills or beadwork).

References: Speck, Frank G. 1930. Mistassini Notes. Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, Indian Notes 7(14):410-457. Rogers, Edward S. 1967. The Material Culture of the Mistassini. Anthropological Series 80, National Museum of Canada Bulletin 218. Ottawa.