Wôbanaki Girl's Clothing from 1700
As a very young girl or boy, a Wôbanaki child
might wear only a breechclout or nothing at all in the
warm weather. Otherwise, they would dress the same as
their parents. Wôbanaki people slept in whatever
was most suited for the season. In the winter this would
mean wearing several layers to bed, and in the hot weather
a child might sleep without clothing.
Among the numerous items available through trade in
the 1700s were wool and linen cloth, ready-made shirts,
knitted wool hats and mittens, glass beads, brass kettles,
and metal axe heads and knife blades. Native American
people in New England would trade with the French in
New France or the English in the American colonies. Items
they received might come from England, France, Holland,
or as far away as India.
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