In Mi'kmaq culture the women are regarded with the utmost respect. The women are the life-givers. They are the portal through which the spirits enter the world.
The Mi'kmaq had a matriarchal society. Women's voice was heard in making decisions, particularly when it was related to the impact on the people and their future. making process.
The men's role was supportive. They looked after them and provided protection for the family.
The pointed hat communicated a message of the standing and importance of a Mi'kmaq woman in the society.
Apart from the design, the colours were also significant. Younger women would wear red hats. The hats were made from a wide variety of materials, such as, wool, silk, cotton. Bead work enhanced the hats [ Link ]
Image Source: Nova Scotia Archives