Garter; Indigenous Peoples, North America


Leather garter decorated with quillwork wrapped around birch bark with beadwork at edges. Lacks panel of rolled quillwork on pair. 13 brass or copper cones attached containing hair. One of a pair, possibly associated with shamanic ritual. Quillwork is a form of textile embellishment traditionally practiced by Indigenous North Americans utilising the quills of porcupines, and occasionally bird feathers.