• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

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Alexander's Fashion Transformation


Once Alexander realized how much danger he would be in once the Anishnaabe saw that he was British, he disguised himself as one of the voyageurs.


You can see the difference when you look at the portrait of Alexander above and the  sketch of a typical voyageur below.


As the quote from his book below describes, one change was having his long hair, which he thought made him look attractive, cut off. The ladies, meanwhile, said that he didn't look handsome to them until his hair was cut off.


He said, “I parted, not without some regret, with the long hair which was natural to it and which I fancied to be ornamental; but the ladies of the family and of the village in general appeared to think my person improved, and now condescended to call me handsome, even among Indians.” p 113 Alexander Henry's Travels and adventures in the years 1760-1776


How would you disguise yourself if you had to? Would you be willing to completely change your hair and clothes to disguise yourself?