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  • Woman of the Etcha-Ottine or Slave tribe
  • Magnifying Glass

Woman of the Etcha-Ottine or Slave tribe. Engraving based on a watercolour by Émile Petitot, circa 1860.
Published in En Route pour la Mer Glaciale, 1887.

Fur Trade Enters the North

New Materials, Changing Styles

In the 19th century, as the fur trade brought foreign goods and new clothing fashions to the North, a new style of footwear -- a moccasin which was separate from the leg covering -- rapidly gained popularity. Seamstresses began to decorate footwear with floral motifs, and also began to make and decorate footwear using materials brought in by the traders: embroidery thread, needles, glass beads, red stroud and velvet.