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Native people producing beadwork for the tourist trade often used designs and symbols that would appeal to their white customers. The Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) who made this beaded horseshoe thus used a Native art form to decorate a Western symbol of good luck. This souvenir reads "Caughnawaga" the name of the maker's community at the time. In an effort to reclaim the community's name in their own language, the town, which is located on the St. Lawrence River in Canada, is today called "Kahnawake" which means "at the rapids."


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Beaded Horseshoe Souvenir

creator   Kanien'kehaka Mohawk
date   c. 1900
location   Kahnawake [Caughnawaga], Quebec, Canada
height   4.0"
process/materials   cloth, beads
item type   Household Goods/Household Accessory
accession #   #1991.15

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