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Silver peace medal / European

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A Queen Victoria silver medal. On the front, a bust of the queen and the inscription, “Dominion of Canada Chiefs Medal 1872. Victoria D: G: Britt: Reg: F: D:.” On the back are five female figures and the words, “Indians of the North West Territories. Juventas Et Patrius Vigor Canada Instraurata 1867.”

Silver peace medals were given to influential Native Americans as a symbol of friendship and allegiance with the United States government or foreign power. Medals were given on important occasions, like the signing of a treaty, and then only to very influential members of the tribe. The medals held even greater importance than normal during times of war or tension, particularly between the US and Great Britain. The countries would compete for the loyalty and friendship of the tribes, and a chief trading in British medal for a US one signified a change in loyalty (Prucha 2000, xiv). Gradually, the medals original meaning diminished, and they were given as rewards for good behavi

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Title(s): 
Silver peace medal
Culture: 
European
Date: 
1872
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
England
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.50
Department: 
Not On View

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