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Native stereotypes highlight ROM’s War of 1812 exhibit


Last updated 9/26/2012 at 10:01pm

Gift of the Independent Order of Foresters

Chief’s Coat: Red and black wool stroud, gold metallic tape, plain brass buttons, partially lined with linen cloth. Attributed to Chief Oshawana, who would have received it for his services as an ally of the British in the War of 1812.

TORONTO, ON—The Royal Ontario Museum’s special exhibit of Great Lakes art from the early 19th century to the present, currently on display for an “indefinite engagement,” is entitled “Sovereign Allies/Living Cultures: First Nations of the Great Lakes.” It conveys two themes: First, Great Lakes tribes helped British soldiers combat American soldiers during the War of 1812; Second, Native stereotypes continue into the 21st century.

Housed in only one large display case among a labyrinth of cases, the exhibit is lost way at the back in the Daphne Cockwell Gallery. The case has four...

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