Native clothing in the Great Lakes area..some descriptions...
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From: "John" <jkonkapot@...>
Date: 2006/09/26 Tue PM 09:42:32 EST
Subject: [WarOf1812] Native clothing in the Great Lakes area..some descriptions...
From a letter written(to his brother, Rev. Alexander Grant) by
Maj. Jasper Grant, commanding officer Fort Malden,
Amherstburg....January 20th 1807...
" The ordinary dress of a Savage when hunting consists of a shirt
made of Deerskin, which the Squaws dress with much skill, and
leggings or garters of the same materials which come three parts up
the thigh. A smaller piece of cloth covers the front and rear of
their middle; this is callled by the Europeans breech Clout. A
savage never wears anything on his head except in fine weather some
ornamemt composed of feathers or skins, and in extreme cold a hood
made of a piece of blanket. The leather shirt is tied about the
middle with a Sash, generally composed of worsted, or among the
distant Nations of elm bark which they work beautifully with Mooose
deer hair or porcupine quills which they dye of all colors.
" The ordinaryt dress of an Indian or Squaw, winter or Summer is
a coloured calico shirt, leggings or garters of red or blue cloth,
and a blanket. In summer the Men wear the blanket on the left
shoulder only, in winter over both and on the head. The Squaws keep
both shoulders always covered and in winter their heads. Neither
sex ever fasten the blanket under the chin with a pin or anything of
that kind, but keep it together by the right hand. I observed when
the Indians from distant Nations wear blankets in summer their heads
and bodies to the middle are naked; the blanket is rolled about