Name: Helen

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Topic: I want to learn more about what the Ashinabe/Anishinabe tribe wore.

Questions that will help me learn about my topic:
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1. How did they make the clothes they wore? (A)

2. Who made the clothes? Did certain people make them or did each family make their own? Did the women or the men make them? (A)

3. Did they have spiritual symbols on their clothes or any certain items attached? (A)

4. How many articles of clothing did a regular tribe member own? (A)

5. Did they hand down their clothes to the younger people when they grew out of them? Did they only hand them down to their family members or to anyone who was a part of the tribe?

6. Did the men and boys wear special clothing and shoes to go hunt?

7. Did the clothing have to be made of a certain material? If so, how and where did they get this material? Also, did the women and the men wear clothes made of different materials?

8. Did the men and women have any pieces of clothing they both wore? (A)

9. Did they change the color of the clothes they wore? How did they color the fabric they used? Did they dye it? If so, what did they dye it with and how did they dye it?

10. They wore moccasins as everyday shoes, but did they have sandals or more open shoes to wear in the warmer seasons?

11. How did they make the clothes? What materials did they use to make the clothes?

12. Did they sew the clothes together?

13. Did they embroider patterns into the clothes?

14. Did they use thread?

15. Did they make clothes from scratch (starting with only 'thread') or did they sew animal hide together?

Take your notes here. Use bullet points to separate your notes. Cite your notes so that you remember where they came from!
  • Men and boys in warm weather wore breechcloths. (strips of soft animal hide that they wore between their legs and tucked in their belt so that it covered their front and back.) (1)

  • In colder weather, men and boys wore thigh-high leggings that were made of soft deer, elk, or moose hide. These leggings had loops on their sides that attached to a belt. (1)

  • Men and boys also wore a breechcloth that covered above their leggings. Their shirt was made of animal hide and was fringed. (1)

  • They 'sewed' their clothes together with deer sinew. (Definition: 'a piece of tough fibrous tissue uniting muscle to bone or bone to bone.' In other words, a hard piece of tissue that attached muscle to bone or bone to bone.) (2)

  • Women and girls all year wore long dresses made of animal hide. These dresses were only stitched at the shoulders and they are pulled over their head. They secure them with belts around their waists. (1)

  • The dresses [that the women wore] had sleeves that you could detach and they did so in warm weather. (1)

  • Beneath their dresses, the women wore undergarments made of tree-bark fibers. When the weather become cooler, they added animal hide leggings that reached about to their knees. (1)

  • Everybody helps make the clothes, except the women and girls do most. The men get the animal hide, and the women make the clothes. (1)

  • The Native American women attached porcupine quills, glass beads, seeds, and other items to their clothing. (4)

  • Aside from their regular, everyday clothing, the Anishinabe tribe wore and carried special items like belts, weapons, bags, and tools, known as REGALIA. (1)

  • People were allowed to wear REGALIA when they did good things or demonstrated bravery. (1)

  • Women and girls kept their hair long. Women usually pulled their long hair back into a low ponytail. (1)

  • For important/special occasions, girls made two braids and had them near their ears. (1)

  • Boys mostly wore their hair loose or in two braids regularly. For special occasions or for battle, boys and men wore headpieces, known as roaches, down the center of their heads. (1)

  • Any child under 5 or 6 only wore moccasins and a (long) shirt. (5)

  • Most people had the girl of the family make the clothes, and people had about two changes of clothing at a time. (4)

  • They can either remake or hand down to a younger child a old article of clothing. (4)

  • The men and boys sometimes carried a blanket for warmth or cover. (3)

  • They made moose skin moccasins for regular days, as they are durable. (1)

  • They made deerskin moccasins for special occasions. (1)

  • As the Natives were pushed together by other new settlers, they began to share different tribal clothing. (5) ??????

Copy and paste URLs to good websites or databases that you find here. It will make it easy for you to visit those good websites next time you work on your project.
  1. Life in An Anishinabe Camp (pgs 14, 24, 25)


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