From 1860, the Kanien’kehá:ka began to sell their beaded work to tourists that came to visit their community near Montreal. Other artists went as far as Niagara Falls or other tourist attractions to sell objects that became prized souvenirs. Beaded bags like this one were manufactured in large numbers by the Iroquois. The Euro-Canadians who bought these objects preserved them carefully as souvenirs of their trip.
The McCord Museum of Canadian History

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