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Métis culture shot pouch, 19th century
A shot pouch, made from moose and caribou skin, with porcupine quillwork embroidery. At the top, the initials G.B. and a flower and foliage pattern in couch embroidery. Below are two woven panels of triangles and rectangles in red, white, black and blue quillwork. The piece reflects a mixture of Métis and Cree or Chippewyan influences. There is a similar example without the embroidered flowers, in the McCord Museum, Montreal. Each panel has a fringe of blue, pink and white quilwork loops. The pouch forms part of a collection of ethnographical material made by Admiral Sir George Back (1796-1878) and is personalised with his initials. Back took part in three overland journeys to explore the north coast of America in 1819-1822, 1825-1827 and 1833-35. He travelled north via the network of rivers and lakes on the Canadian Shield stopping at Hudson Bay Company trading posts where he had the opportunity to acquire this type of material. His collection was bequeathed to Greenwich Hospital in 1900 by Mrs Eliza Back, widow of Sir George's nephew - the Reverend Henry Back.
- Image reference: D4890
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London