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Nora Foote, an English artist, visited the Blood Reserve in Alberta, Canada, in 1895, where she painted this portrait of a young Kainai woman, the daughter of Little Ears. Little Ears’ daughter is portrayed holding ermine skins, often used to decorate shirts and headdresses. They can also be seen in her father’s portrait (elsewhere on this website). Ermine skins are obtained by trapping the animal in winter when the fur is white with only a black tip on the tail. In Europe, ermine fur has long been a symbol of high status, used to decorate the robes of kings and queens. Among the Blackfoot, it was also only used for high-status items.

The Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford



Little Ears' Daughter




oil on canvas


H 86 x W 68.5 cm

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gift, 1981

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