Metis Sash

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The Sash is a finger woven belt made of wool approximately three metres long. Traditionally it was tied at the waist to hold a coat closed, including being used as a scarf or rope.

Today, the sash is still worn by the Metis people. The Manitoba Metis Senate started a tradition of draping the sash over the table wherever Metis people are gathered for discussion. The Manitoba Metis Federation at their last Assembly, adopted a new sash with the colour variations of ; Red, which is the historical depicted colour for the Metis Sash; Blue & White symbolizing the colours of the Metis Nation flag; Green signifying fertility, growth and prosperity and; Black, symbolizing the dark period in which the Metis people had to endure dispossession & repression.

-Metis Resource Centre

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