This coat, or toggie, made of heavy moose hide and decorated with fine porcupine quillwork and painted geometric designs would have been worn by a wealthy fur trader in the Canadian northwest around the 1850s. This is one of very few surviving coats of this type. It was probably made by a Cree woman living around York Factory on the edge of Hudson's Bay perhaps for her husband. He was almost certainly Scottish and a senior officer for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Gorgeous jewelry pops against the navy. Printed skirt is just right.
infinity of nations art and history in the collections of the national museum of the american indian - george gustav heye center new york - hide coat cree misko takiy hide coat back ca alberta canada moose hide paint porcupine quill hair