Box with floral motif on cover, 20th century
Lorraine Besto and daughters
Plant fibers, birch bark, porcupine quills
Gift of Raymond A. and Ruth A. Reister 2016.76.12a,b
On View in Gallery 281
The Anishinaabe woman artist who created this intricately adorned and finely woven basket utilized locally harvested porcupine quills, birchbark, and sweetgrass. Artists often incorporated abstraction into their work, layering quills in complex patterns and forms that reveal both technical mastery and artistic ingenuity. For more than two hundred years, Anishinaabe women sold many of their birchbark containers and baskets to non-Native people to sustain their families during a time of major cultural disruption, including forced assimilation and removal onto governmental and religious controlled reservations. Quillboxes exemplify the power of Anishinaabe women to create a new and unique artform that expresses cultural and individual resiliency and creativity.
Image: In Copyright. Gift of Raymond A. and Ruth A. Reister