Early twentieth-century Dene fashion is seen in this moose-skin dress. The amber-coloured, smoke-tanned hide was prepared by Dene women and joined together with sinew. Fur trader influence is shown in the use of woolen cloth for the sleeve ends and shoulder cape. Glass beads and decorative yarn fringes accent the knee-length outfit. European style is also evident in the stand-up military-style collar.
In The Beaver…
90 Years Ago
A dollar a hide
“The great herds that used to blacken the country to the rim of the horizon had thundered away,” wrote W.E. Anderson in the July 1921 issue. When a few Métis buffalo hunters came to hunt near Regina in 1879, they could not believe that there were only “a few stragglers” left. But it was true. Extermination, railway construction, and grasshopper devastation left only about 300 wild Canadian bison by 1908.
60 Years Ago
Caught on film
“Northern Portraits” is part of a photographic essay of the people who made their home along the Alaska Highway. The residents’ pride and love of country is evident in every wrinkle captured in high definition by photographer Richard Harrington in the March 1951 issue.
30 Years Ago
Jackson on trial
Donald B. Smith tells us about William Henry Jackson, Louis Riel’s secretary, in the Spring 1981 publication. Born into an Anglo-Saxon Methodist family, Jackson supported Riel’s causes and converted to the Métis leader’s Catholic religion. He was charged with “treason-felony” for his role in the Northwest Rebellion in 1885. In a half-hour trial, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Escaping the Selkirk Asylum, he lived as Honoré Jaxon, a local union leader in Chicago, until his death at age ninety.