Collection at the Smithsonian Institution
Many of the unique historical artifacts of the Métis people are found in museums and historical collections across Canada and the United States. These objects reflect the rich and wonderful history of the people who grew strong during the eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries on the prairies and forests of the upper Great Plains.
Born of mixed-ancestry to Native mothers and European fathers, the Métis often acted as bridges between white and Indian communities, eventually becoming their own nation with their own culture and cultural artifacts.
The following artifacts are found and maintained at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, DC. Please click on the photos for larger images.
BEADED CLOTH BAG (METIS)
BEADED OCTOPUS BAG (METIS)
WOVEN LEG SASHES (METIS)
BEADED POUCH (METIS)
METIS BOW AND QUIVERS
OCTOPUS BAG (METIS)
BLADED BALL CLUB (METIS)
QUILLED Mittens (Metis)
Quilled Saddle/Pad (Metis)
BEADED COAT (METIS)
RED RIVER METIS QUILLED COAT & MITTENS
A collaborative effort of members of the Ojibwe and Metis communities