An Ottawa Indian Chief, 1814

Caption: An Ottawa Indian Chief, 1814

This Ottawa leader wears a tanned deershin robe. His hair is worn in a style noted for this culture, with two braids hankng down in the back. Amongst the silver ornaments hanging from his neck, this man wears a European gorget. This piece of ceremonial throat armour was the mark of a European officer, and was a popular item with aboriginal leaders, according to surviving records. Reconstruction by Ron Volstad. (Canadian Department of National Defence)