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beaded panel

Courtesy, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Item: beaded panel

Date: ca1920; accessioned 1920

Area: Mistissini

Catalogue number: National Museum of the American Indian 10/1340

Dimensions: Length 14.5cm; width at bottom 6cm; width at top 4cm

Motifs: floral

Collector: Frank G. Speck

Notes: Speck's notes (NMAI, Smithsonian Box OC 120,#1) for this object read: "beaded ornament symbolizing a 'feather.' These are worn on the caps by men when they are dressed up. (The Penobscot had a similar ornament made of wampum...This must have been an ancient Algonkian ornament to have survived in two such distant areas.)."

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.