The patterns and symbols on the clothing and objects of our people, strange as they may have seemed to Europeans, were ways for us to differentiate ourselves, to mark our belonging to a territory, to a specific nation.
Our ancestors’ plant, animal and geometrical motifs are also parts of our culture, our identity and our territory that are interwoven in the graphic symbols. Since the production of objects and clothing was inspired by the natural world around us, it depicted the territory to which they had to adapt every day and of which we are still a part today.
To find these motifs is therefore to rediscover an important part of our past, but also of our present identity. The texts are inspired by the research report The Anichinabe (Algonquin) Graphic Heritage in Early Written Sources. And the pictures come from anicinabe objects inventoried in museums.
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