square, rather short box; cover and sides decorated with quillwork flowers in pink, yellow, white and purple with green stems and leaves; edges of cover decorated with pink and white diamonds and brown Xs

Covered quillwork birchbark box, 20th century

Anishinaabe

Birchbark, quills, thread, plant fibers

Gift of Mary Giles 2019.5.10a,b

On View in Gallery 281

Created by Anishinaabe and Inuit fiber artists, this collection showcases the creativity and skill of Native women artists who transform indigenous materials gathered from their homelands into works of art. The technical mastery and ingenuity of these artist appears in the ability to utilize porcupine quills, birchbark, and locally-harvested plant materials to create intricately adorned and finely woven baskets. For more than two centuries, Native women created a market for birchbark containers and baskets to sustain their families during a time of major cultural shifts and external pressures.

Image: No Known Copyright. Gift of Mary Giles

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