Wearing Our Identity - The First Peoples Collection - McCord Museum - 690 Sherbrooke Street West
WEARING OUR IDENTITY
THE FIRST PEOPLES COLLECTION
6:00 - 10:00 PM
690 SHERBROOKE STREET WEST
This permanent exhibition enables the public to explore the complex heritage of the First Peoples of Canada and learn more about how their dress has helped define their rich cultures and identities. Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection will also help visitors learn about the importance of clothing in the development, preservation and communication of the social, cultural, political and spiritual identities of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
This exhibition showcases some astounding items of Inuit and other Indigenous people’s hand sewn garments featuring sealskin, fur, beadwork, fabric and other garments. Inuit identities, like all First Peoples identities, are intrinsically linked to their dress. Beyond its main purpose of protection, it tells observers the age and status of the individual, gives immediate information about the nation he or she belongs to, pays homage to the person’s remarkable achievements, and highlights the intimate relationship that exists between people and nature.