Authority and Status


Feathered head-dress, Huron, late 1800s
The Hurons of L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec have preserved the ancient institution of chiefhood. The traditional chief's head-dress consists of a profusion of dyed turkey feathers surmounting a felt band embroidered in coloured moose hair. This style is still used today as a symbol of the chieftain's status.

Huron Chief Maurice Bastien, Lorette, Quebec, ca. 1900
CMC 18808

Clémentine Picard (Akonessen), daughter of Huron Chief Paul Picard (Tsa8enhonhi), 1906
Painting by Eugène Hamel
Musée du Québec,

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