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Native Canadian Fashion
Transcript of Native Canadian Fashion
1, 172, 790. In the Native Canadian population they speak 52 different languages. Their religion consists of a complex set of social and cultural customs for dealing with the sacred and the supernatural. In most areas there are traditions of religious mythology and ceremonials. There are 614 First Nations communities. Storytelling, mythology and dancing are very important in Native Canadian communities The men in the communities are responsible for providing food, shelter and clothing. The women in the native communities are responsible for the domestic sphere and were viewed as both life-givers and the caretakers of life. Woman are responsible for the early socialization of children. Unfortunately it is becoming more common for the women to be abused, and for the women and children to live in poverty. The dancers would wear much more decorated garments during these occasions. The clothes were made to be comfortable and warm. They were designed to suit the climate for where they lived. The Inuit tribes used caribou fur to make parkas for the winter. Coats were made from polar bear fur, and seal skin was used to make waterproof boots, and lighter spring jackets. The Algonquian tribes (also called the Eastern Woodland tribes) used deerskin for clothing. Men and children wore leather robes in the winter. Moccasines were made with buffalo hide and worn by everyone. The Plains tribes used buffalo hides to make warm robes and moccasins as well. But they prefer the soft skin of elk and antelope to make most of their clothing. The clothes were decorated with porcupine quills , feathers and dyes made from vegetables and soil. Northwest Coast tribes made yarn out of the bark from cedar trees and made skirts and cloaks out of it. They made decorated blankets from the cedar yarn and mountain goat wool, and they wore it on special occasions. Other groups used goat wool and dog fur to make blankets for cold weather. Everywhere on the east coastfur cloaks were used when it got really cold. The Métis were famous for their floral beadwork, and were often called the ‘Flower Beadwork People’. Their beadwork was inspired by European floral designs. They used seed beads to create the intricate designs. Beadwork was added to almost everything, including: jackets, bags, leggings, gloves, vests and pouches. It was also common for the Metis to decorate their saddles and other horse gear in beadwork.
"It’s a complicated feeling, because I feel ownership over these designs as a Native person, but on a rational level I realize that they aren’t necessarily ours to claim. To me, it just feels like one more thing non-Natives can take from us—like our land, our moccasins, our headdresses, our beading, our religions, our names, our cultures weren’t enough? You gotta go and take Pendleton designs, too?" -Cherokee writer and Ph.D. candidate Adrienne K. Native Candian Fashion Designers
Kim Picard: from the First Nations Community, and went to LaSalle College in Montreal in 1997
Angela DeMontigny: Chippewa-Cree-Metis elements. In 1995, from her home base in southwestern Ontario, Angela first launched her exclusive line
Danita Strawberry: Showed her fashion creations at the Native American Fashion Show. Shes a member of both the Cree and Saulteaux tribes in Canada. Her label is "Danitaz".
Disa Tootoosis: Born and raised on Poundmaker Cree Nation. Daughter of renowned actor Gordon Tootoosis, (Dances with Wolves, North of 60), is making a name for herself in the fashion industry. By, Megan Kidd and Kristyn Salt Some people even had skin tattoo's and they painted their faces with handmade dyes. In this culture, they Don't Dress To Impress!!