Native American Collections from New France (17th – 18th Centuries)
The Musée du quai Branly holds a vast collection of more than 100,000 objects from the Americas, including an exceptional selection arising from the initial contacts established between Native Americans and Europeans in North America. These objects were exchanged and collected in the 17th and 18th centuries during the exploration and French colonisation of North America, in the vast territory of New France, which extended from Quebec to Louisiana and out towards the American West.
On the subject of female travellers
In the history of travel, women have often been forgotten or overlooked. Some recall the voyages of sailors and explorers, and the Grand Tour taken by young aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nevertheless, distant and dangerous voyages were not the sole province of men.
Women also travelled as informed observers, encountering native peoples and collecting objects, some of which were unknown and unusual, associated with practices alien to Western customs. Others unveiled their adventures in printed accounts. The most scrupulous wrote accounts and collected and documented objects selected for return to the country. This explains the wealth and variety of the collections sent by women.
Objects, photographs, drawings, printed texts and archives, the collections from these voyages allow us to trace and illustrate elements of the history of female travellers.