A caribou coat from northern Quebec is on its way back home from a museum in Bristol, England, where it has been since the 1830s or 40s.
Decorated caribou coats were used by Cree, Innu, Naskapi and Montagnais hunters and in ceremonies from 1700 to the 1930s. The coats were believed to have spiritual powers that could help hunters have a good harvest and were often traded with or taken by outsiders.
“It’s an honour to receive it here,” said Minnie Coonishish, the executive director of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI), in Oujé-Bougoumou, Que. where the coat will be