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Canadian National Costume

I picked up the mail today and right there on the Zellers flyer was a picture of a man and  girl in toques with pompoms, and red and white hockey jerseys with the maple leaf on them, and I thought, "What could be more Canadian!"

 

That got me to thinking on Canada's national costume. SHould it be the toque and hockey jersey? Perhaps. Then I looked it up on Wikkipedia like you do, and found:

 

Canada: toque, anorak, arrow sash.

 

I agree, the Quebec/Metis arrow sash is very Canadian. I would add mukluks, the Inuit sealskin coat with the baby carrying hood and the floral embroidery on it (amauti), and the red tartan lumberjack shirt, for men and women!

  

 

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I think the plaid jacket.

Snowmobile boots are on the list somewhere, as are those mustard - coloured coveralls worn for work outdoors in winter. 

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Let's not forget the little ones bundled up in their snowsuits and looking wider than they are tall.

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i bought a beautiful amauti this past fall, so i gotta go with that.

 

i'll see if i can find a picture of myself in it...

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Just for the record in an amauti the baby is inside the actual coat not the hood

 

I'd add Sorel boots as traditional too!

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shorts with parka in fall. never want to give up summer.

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Our Lords and Saviours

 

Our Holy Symbol

 

Just a Self-writing poem,

Inannawhimsey

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Otterators are standing by (it is VERY hard for them, you know) while the dreaded Jacob Two-Two WC disease is dealt with.

 

Please stand by.

 

Just a Self-writing poem,

Inannawhimsey

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has to be a photo with a tim's cup in hand.

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has to be a photo with a tim's cup in hand.

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A yellow ski-doo helmet and mittens

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I was hoping someone would post Bob and Doug MacKenzie!  And the woman would wear the same. Inanna, yer a real hoser eh! Take off eh!

 

My hubby has a pair of Sorel boots. I guess he's Canadian now! I had a really groovy pair that were my mom's, yellow leather & white fake sheepskin lining, with laces. They were so cool. Kindof a cross between a snow boot and a mukluk.

 

Sighs, would love to see your amauti! Thanks for that. You see that sort of thing in the tourist shops, which I think makes it quite a good candidate for the national costume. But I think we are large enough to have regional costumes...

 

A northern one

 

A central Canada one

 

Western and Eastern...

 

There's also the thought of what the occasion would be for the use of the costume. If we are folk dancing, or having a grand ball, parade or what are we doing in our national costumes?

 

Can you imagine attending a national costumes extravaganza where all the other countries are represented in fine, embroidered folk dress, and there we are in our parka, plaid shirt, Sorel boots and toque? Oh dear! ; )

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Oh yeah!! Bob & Doug!!!!  Absolutely!!

Now, my boy was to dress up in national costume for a school assembly.  We are in a very multi-cultural school, so it meant something beyond his normal jeans and t-shirt.

He used a doe-skin jacket with simple fringe and a blue jeans and a warm hat (not quite a Bob&Doug toque).  It wasn't particularly First nations style, more trader style, which suits our history more - mostly 5th generation or more Canadians from British/French backgrounds.  It stood out in his class of saris, hijabs, kimonos etc.

 

I tell you, when they read their reasons for being glad to be Canadian, and the little girl said, "I'm from Somalia, and I'm glad to be Canadian because I get to go to school," I choked right up.  3 Cheers for the Great White North!!

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Hey, I just noticed that Bob and Doug's jeans were ironed!  Look at that crease!

Definitely not Canadian....

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Awww. I would choke up too Birthstone. I remember when we did that in my elem school. I wore my dirndl, and the boy I liked dressed as a cowboy, saying his family had been here several generations. He wore jeans and a plaid cowboy shirt.

 

I like the fringe doeskin jacket idea.

 

Ninjafaery, agreed!!

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