The Indian Hammock

Published on January 28, 2013 by Carol

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Indian Children’s Clothing
All the children’s clothing was made of young deer hide, smoked, or washed. In case of illness, the children were dressed in pure white deerskins and unsmoked. White chased the evil spirit away. A newborn child was also dressed in pur white deerskins.

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Head Gear Worn for Hunting White or Grey Partridge
The women wear a bark headgear dress, trimmed with partridge wings, for hunting partridge. A bard headband is also worn with feathers.

There used to be white partridge in the Upper Gatineau valley. Therefore the women wore this headdress of partridge wings to hunt both white and grey partridge. Headdress is also made of the tail feathers of the partridge, and worn also for hunting, and for the partridge dance. The dance brings good luck, and the wings keep away the evil spirits such as the eagle feathers.

The partridge wings are also worn in the hair as an ornament. The headband made of bark undulated to imitate the mountains.

The Indian Hammock
Hammocks were hung high in the tree for a young child. Both large and small hammocks were used by the Indians. They were made of birch, ash (or moutain ash), or basswood. The basswood hammock was the best, it did not break so easily.

The hammocks were dampened, every now and then, to keep them pliable, they were good and strong and long lastng.

The hammocks were woven, basket weave (interlaced), cut in long thin strips of wood, tied at both ends with Watap (roots), and attached to two tree posts.

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