“By insisting that we aren’t ‘hairy, man-hating lesbians’, we are telling the patriarchy that lesbians, women with hair and women with valid reasons to hate men aren’t worthy of our concern or our support.
That is not a feminism I support.”
Iroquois Woman from Kahnawà:ke
I love Cornelius Krieghoff’s paintings. His portraits of Habitants make my day. So does this lady! You WEAR that top hat, lady! Hell yeah!
Edit: i’m still thinking about this woman! Where did she get the hat? It looks like she’s into it, it’s the only piece of western clothing she has, far as I can see. Like she saw it and was like “yeah I’ll take one of those.” It is probably a man’s hat because it’s around 1850 and doesn’t look like a riding hat? If someone told her it was a man’s hat, did she say, that’s stupid, you’re stupid, it’s a great hat and it’s mine so jump in a lake? Top hats for everyone.
Top hats were definitely part of 19th century Native fashion! Trade materials like silver and cloth had long been prized, and clothing items like top hats and military coats were considered particularly FABULOUS.
I’ve heard that delegations to DC were given top hats, but they were also probably easily bought around white settlements as well. Earlier in the 19th century, you’d usually see Chiefs wearing them with silver bands, beading, or feathers, and it was a mark of their diplomatic importance. Men in the mid-19th century Quebec, where the Krieghoff painting is, were adopting French-y dress increasingly, while women usually stuck to native-style dress (see below), though they sometimes wore a fancy western hat! This woman probably trades her baskets to settlers for a living, and doesn’t mind playing the artiste. You still see people wearing top hats at powwows today. Total dandies, us.
Here’s an engraving by M. Elias Regnault in 1849 (via the fabulous Iroquois Beadwork), showing Native men from Quebec wearing some top hats with ostrich feather and possibly a silver band, as well as habitant dress.
And a photo of an Anishinaabe man from the western Great Lakes taken in Washington DC in 1862, with his top hat enhanced with the feathers he might have worn in a traditional headdress. The sash around the coat is also very fashionable. Photo is from the Massachusetts Historical Society, via the fabulous Beyond Buckskin.
Aaah yesss beautiful!! Thanks for all that info and also great links!
So one day a dwarf is talking to a human and finally realizes that when humans say woman, they generally mean “person who is theoretically capable of childbirth” because for whatever reason, humans assign social expectations based genital differences. (What a fucked up culture, the dwarf thinks.) But hey, better communication! So the next time the dwarf introduces theirself, they say, oh, by the way, I am what you call a “woman.”
And the trade negotiations just stop. They just stop cold. The tall people insist on speaking to the man, they insist on talking to the lady dwarf about all sorts of irrelevant bullshit, like recipes and childrearing and perfume
so the dwarf goes back home, enraged
and is like “BTW guess what happened, we’re all just going to be men forever now as far as the tall ones are concerned”
and everyone is justly horrified at this barbarism but they all agree to do whatever it takes to squeeze those tall bastards for all the resources they are worth
and the dwarves get surlier, and the trade agreements less generous
and the tall people are all “what a miserable and greedy race”
but really they’re just still nursing a grudge about how goddamn backwards and sexist the tall people are
because their best negotiator, one of their sacred cave people, got snubbed the instant she said she was capable of childbirth - and a mortal insult like that can never be forgiven
yes good personal headcanon: dwarves have fundamentally misunderstood human pronoun usage and gender roles they are very perplexed by it eventually they went ‘fuck it apparently ‘he’ is the correct word’ ‘it’s their language and they keep using it for us’ so then you have this situation where dwarves are cognizant of the words ‘mother’ and ‘wife’ but not the usual use of ‘she’ secondary headcanon specific to Tolkien dwarves dwarves that choose to bear children are held in high regard because they are making new dwarves it is the ultimate craft that’s what mahal did you made a new person it is very impressive everyone is impressed