round box with flat top and bottom; top of cover decorated with eight-pointed star with floral starburst inside in white and white fading to brown quills; triangles with grids of quills around edge of top; edges of cover and box decorated with X motifs and grids in white quills; black thread

Covered quillwork box, 20th century

Emelia Trudeau

Birchbark, quills, thread, plant fibers, pigments

Gift of Mary Giles 2019.5.16a,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: In Copyright. Gift of Mary Giles

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