Native Art is very popular at Royal City Jewellers & Loans Ltd. We carry a large variety of items, but recently we have acquired two Native Button Blankets, one called My Dad’s Bear and the other called Falling Feathers. A Button Blanket, a creation of the Northwest Coastal Tribes, is a wool blanket embellished with mother-of-pearl buttons.
|My Dad’s Bear||Falling Feathers|
Ceremonial robes and their associated regalia have been among the most spectacular creations of the Indian people of the Northwest Coast of North America. For generations, these robes have served as insignia of family and clan histories, duties, rights, and privileges, and they are beginning to mark, as well, a determined presence in contemporary Canadian society. These robes are powerful statements of identity and, donning them, people become in a real sense what they wear.1
Rather than for sleeping, the blankets are used as capes and gifts at ceremonial dances.