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Other Name
BLANKET STRIP
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUCKSKIN, BEADS, SINEW
Catalogue Number
P19739145000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET STRIP
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
BUCKSKIN, BEADS, SINEW
No. Pieces
1
Length
106.7
Width
8.9
Description
GEOMETRIC BEADWORK PATTERN WITH CROSS IN CIRCLE MOTIF REGULARLY SPACED. BACKED ON BUCKSKIN. ARTIFACT APPEARS COMPLETE. BEADS ARE RED, GREEN, WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW. BUCKSKIN BACKING SOILED, WORN. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT. *NOTE* LOOSE TASSELS
Subjects
BEDDING
PERSONAL GEAR
INDIGENOUS
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION METHOD INDICATE SIOUX ORIGINS. BLANKET STRIPS ORIGINAL USE TO JOIN A BUFFALO ROBE USED AS A BLANKET. WITH TRADE BLANKETS, STRIPS BECAME MORE DECORATIVE THAN FUNCTIONAL, OFTEN USED TO JOIN COURTING BLANKETS OF DIFFERENT COLORS. STRIPS OVER TIME BECAME LARGER IN WIDTH & FANCIER. MAY HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH SIOUX IN CANADA, OR TRADED/GIFT TO ALBERTA NATIVE.
Catalogue Number
P19739145000
Acquisition Date
1973-
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20000097001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Height
9.5
Length
39.4
Width
34.0
Description
BLANKET IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. BLANKET HAS A WHITE BACKGROUND, WITH DIAMOND SHAPES OVERLAYING BACKGROUND. THE DIAMOND SHAPES EACH HAVE A PATTERN WITHIN THEM, VARYING FROM CHECKERBOARD AND TARTAN PATTERNS, TO FLORAL AND LEAF DESIGNS, OF VARYING COLOURS. BLANKET HAS LIGHT BLUE TRIM ON TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE. BLANKET IS FOLDED UP AND ENCASED IN CLEAR PLASTIC. A PAPER INSERT SHOWS A PICTURE OF BLANKET AND READS "FASHION PRINT BLANKET FITS FULL & TWIN SIZE BEDS".
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
COMMEMORATIVE
DOMESTIC
History
BLANKET WAS A GIFT TO DONOR (MUSEUM DIRECTOR) AT THE ORLANDO CALLING LASTBEAVER BUNDLE TRANSFER WHICH TOOK PLACE AT HIS HOME ON THE BLOOD RESERVE, SEPTEMBER 4, 2000. DONOR'S FACE WAS PAINTED WHICH MEANS THAT SHE HAD THE RIGHT TO SEE THE INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS AND TO DANCE WITH ANY OF THE OBJECTS. THIS WAS A GREAT HONOUR FOR THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES. **UPDATE: COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK INTERVIEWED OBJECT DONOR WILMA WOOD ON 15 MAY, 2018 AS PART OF PUNDYK'S 2017-2019 RELEVANCY AUDIT ASSIGNMENT. WOOD MADE NEW COMMENTS ON PREVIOUS DONATIONS AND ON GALT MUSEUM INSTITUTIONAL ITEMS THAT WERE ACTIVELY ADDED TO THE COLLECTION—MOST OF WHICH ARE RELATED TO THE GALT’S 2002 “ANCESTORS” EXHIBIT, DEVELOPED WHILE SHE WAS THE INSTITUTION’S DIRECTOR/CEO. FOR WOOD’S SPECIFIC MEMORIES ON THE OBJECTS, INCLUDING A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF HER INTERVIEW, SEE THIS RECORD’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20000097001
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC (POLYESTER/NYLON), PLASTIC, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20000097002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Materials
SYNTHETIC (POLYESTER/NYLON), PLASTIC, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
11.5
Length
46
Width
38
Description
LIGHT PINK BLANKET. HAS A DARKER PINK TRIM ON TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE. HAS A TAG ON ONE SIDE THAT READS "100% POLYESTER CA 00350 MADE IN U.S.A. FABRIQUE AU E.U.". AT BOTTOM OF TAG ARE CLEANING INSTRUCTION SYMBOLS IN RED AND YELLOW. BLANKET IS FOLDED AND IN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG, WITH WHITE EDGING. ONE SIDE OF PLASTIC BAG HAS A WHITE PLASTIC ZIPPER ON IT; EMBOSSED ON ZIPPER IS "IMEX VINYL PACKAGING". THERE IS A TEAR IN THE BAG NEAR ZIPPER.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
COMMEMORATIVE
DOMESTIC
History
BLANKET WAS A GIFT TO DONOR (MUSEUM DIRECTOR) AT THE ORLANDO CALLING LAST BEAVER BUNDLE TRANSFER WHICH TOOK PLACE AT HIS HOME ON THE BLOOD RESERVE, SEPTEMBER 4, 2000. THE DONOR'S FACE WAS PAINTED WHICH MEANS THAT SHE HAD THE RIGHT TO SEE THE INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS AND TO DANCE WITH ANY OF THE OBJECTS. THIS WAS A GREAT HONOUR FOR THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES. **UPDATE: COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK INTERVIEWED OBJECT DONOR WILMA WOOD ON 15 MAY, 2018 AS PART OF PUNDYK'S 2017-2019 RELEVANCY AUDIT ASSIGNMENT. WOOD MADE NEW COMMENTS ON PREVIOUS DONATIONS AND ON GALT MUSEUM INSTITUTIONAL ITEMS THAT WERE ACTIVELY ADDED TO THE COLLECTION—MOST OF WHICH ARE RELATED TO THE GALT’S 2002 “ANCESTORS” EXHIBIT, DEVELOPED WHILE SHE WAS THE INSTITUTION’S DIRECTOR/CEO. FOR WOOD’S SPECIFIC MEMORIES ON THE OBJECTS, INCLUDING A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF HER INTERVIEW, SEE THIS RECORD’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20000097002
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
No. Pieces
1
Length
139
Width
99.5
Description
HAND-WOVEN BLANKET MADE FROM RAW FLAX. THE BLANKET IS COMPOSED OF 2 SECTIONS OF THE SAME SIZE OF MATERIAL THAT ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH A SEAM AT THE CENTER. ON THE FRONT SIDE (WITH NEAT SIDE OF THE STITCHING AND PATCHES), THERE ARE THREE PATCHES ON THE BLANKET MADE FROM LIGHTER, RAW-COLOURED MATERIAL. ONE SECTION OF THE FABRIC HAS TWO OF THE PATCHES ALIGNED VERTICALLY NEAR THE CENTER SEAM. THE AREA SHOWING ON ONE PATCH IS 3 CM X 5 CM AND THE OTHER IS SHOWING 5 CM X 6 CM. ON THE OPPOSITE SECTION THERE IS ONE PATCH THAT IS 16 CM X 8.5 CM SEWN AT THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET. THE BLANKET IS HEMMED ON BOTH SHORT SIDES. ON THE OPPOSING/BACK SIDE OF THE BLANKET, THE FULL PIECES OF THE FABRIC FOR THE PATCHES ARE SHOWING. THE SMALLER PATCH OF THE TWO ON THE ONE HALF-SECTION OF THE BLANKET IS 8CM X 10 CM AND THE OTHER PATCH ON THAT SIDE IS 14CM X 15CM. THE PATCH ON THE OTHER HALF-SECTION IS THE SAME SIZE AS WHEN VIEWED FROM THE FRONT. THERE IS A SEVERELY FADED BLUE STAMP ON THIS PATCH’S FABRIC. FAIR CONDITION. THERE IS RED STAINING THAT CAN BE SEEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BLANKET AT THE CENTER SEAM, NEAR THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET AT THE SIDE WITH 2 PATCHES (CLOSER TO THE LARGER PATCH), AND NEAR THE SMALL PATCH AT THE END FURTHER FROM THE CENTER. THERE IS A HOLE WITH MANY LOOSE THREADS SURROUNDING NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HALF SECTION WITH ONE PATCH. THERE ARE VARIOUS THREADS COMING LOOSE AT MULTIPLE POINTS OF THE BLANKET.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
BEDDING
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. ACCORDING TO A NOTE THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THIS LIGHTWEIGHT BLANKET AT THE TIME OF ACQUISITION THE BLANKET IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE C. 1920S. MORRIS SAYS HER MEMORY OF THE BLANKET DATES AS FAR BACK AS SHE CAN REMEMBER: “RIGHT INTO THE ‘30S, ‘40S AND ‘50S BECAUSE MY MOTHER DID THAT RIGHT UP UNTIL NEAR THE END. I USE THAT EVEN IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN I HAD A GARDEN. [THIS TYPE OF BLANKET] WAS USED FOR TWO PURPOSES. IT WAS EITHER PUT ON THE BED UNDERNEATH THE MATTRESS THE LADIES MADE OUT OF WOOL AND OR ELSE IT WAS USED, A DIFFERENT PIECE OF CLOTH WOULD BE USED FOR FLAILING THINGS. [THE] FLAIL ACTUALLY GOES WITH IT AND THEY BANG ON THE SEEDS AND IT WOULD TAKE THE HULLS OFF… IT’S HAND WOVEN AND IT’S MADE OUT OF POOR QUALITY FLAX… IT’S UNBLEACHED, DEFINITELY… RAW LINEN." THIS SPECIFIC BLANKET WAS USED FOR SEEDS MORRIS RECALLS: “…IT HAD TO BE A WINDY DAY… WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS OR WHATEVER BEET SEEDS AND WE WOULD BEAT AWAY AND THEN WE WOULD STAND UP, HOLD IT UP AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN [ONTO THE BLANKET.” THE SEEDS WOULD THEN BE CARRIED ON THE BLANKET AND THEN PUT INTO A PAIL. OF THE BLANKET’S CLEAN STATE, MORRIS EXPLAINS, “THEY’RE ALWAYS WASHED AFTER THEY’RE FINISHED USING THEM.” WHEN SHE LOOKS AT THIS ARTIFACT, MORRIS SAYS: “I FEEL LIKE I’M OUT ON THE FARM, I SEE FIELDS AND FIELDS OF FLAX, BLUE FLAX. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE USED IT FOR. SHE DID USE IT IF SHE WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF THE FLAX THEN SHE’D POUND THE FLAX, BUT THAT WASN’T OFTEN. IT WAS MOSTLY BEANS AND PEAS.” IT IS UNKNOWN WHO WOVE THIS BLANKET. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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