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|Bi1||Miniature Makak with Lid - rimmed with sweetgrass. The durability and preservative properties of birchbark endowed this material with legendary properties of protection, and earned the bark a place in oral tradition at the center of many Native American myths from the Great Lakes and northern New England regions. These weatherproof properties made birchbark, as well as bark of elm and spruce, the perfect material for Native Americans to use for panels to cover houses, to build canoes to travel water, to contain and store food and drink, and to use for a multitude of other purposes. Makak’s were specialized containers made by several northern tribes to store maple sugar. Traditionally, containers and spoons were stitched or laced together with split spruce roots or with strips of inner bark of the basswood tree, our containers are sewn with imitation sinew. Rims were often reinforced with wood splints or grasses, and handles were constructed with willow or other branches. ~ measures approximately 2 inches in length.||$ 30.00|
|Bi2||Dish - Sewn rim reinforced with sweetflag. ~ measures approximately 6 inches in diameter.||$ 20.00|
|Bi3||Trail Dipper - Folded in a cone, with a red willow handle. ~ measures approximately 10 inches in length.|
More simple utensils included trail-side dippers or ladles to be left hanging near a spring for the thirsty traveler.
|Bi4||Spoon - Ingeniously folded and reinforced with a sewn splint rim. ~ measures approximately 6 inches in length.||$ 22.00|
|Bi5||Pin - Birchbark Canoe with Sweetgrass Edging
Tiny canoes (1.5 in. long) made from stiff birch paper, edged with sweetgrass at the bow and the stern and decorated with basket designs, are among the many birchbark toys and ornaments made by Natives in the eastern Woodlands. By the 1800's many Native American produced birchbark items like toy canoes, pendants, napkin rings, cigarette cases, and many types of boxes, expressly for the tourist trade. Often times the small bark ornaments are edged with fragrant sweet-grass, or decorated with porcupine quills or paints.
|Bi6||Pin - Miniature Birchbark Fan
A tiny (2 in.) version of the beautiful fans produced by Ojibwa Indians of the Great Lakes Region, made from two sheets of birchbark held together with spruce roots and slipped into a split stick for a handle. Ojibwa women did not use these ornamental fans. However, men danced with these flat fans and the commonly incorporated a row of feathers (taken from the owl, turkey, or other large bird) which formed the upper portion of the fan. The pin uses decorative feathers from grouse, pheasant, guinea hen, turkey and other domestic birds.
|Bi7||Birchbark Miniature Canoe decorated with Porcupine Quills|
Birchbark canoes from the northeast like this tiny floating 4" reproduction are designed with delicate light construction for traveling overland between small rivers or bays. In the words of William Wood in 1634: "Their other Cannows be made of thinne Birchrines, close-ribbed on the inside with broad thinne hoopes, like the hoopes of a Tub; these are made very light, a man may carry one of them a mile, being made purposely to carry from River to River, and Bay to Bay, to Shorten Land-passages."
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