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Mi'kmaq Women Beadwork

With the arrival of Europeans in the 1700s, the Mi'kmaq made a living by trading furs.

The Europeans were also interested in Mi'kmaq hand-crafted objects.

Mi'kmaq women knew many different techniques of creating garments using the raw materials that were available locally, such as, inner bark of white cedar, rushes, hemp, porcupine quills etc.

After the arrival of Europeans, when Mi'kmaq traded with them, they received cloth, ribbons, and beads.

The Mi'kmaq women found new ways of using these and created a variety of artifacts with beadwork, porcupine quills etc.

The tile portrays an image of Mi'kmaq women selling beadwork.


Image Source: Nova Scotia Archives

Mi'kmaq women selling beadwork, 1906