Birchbark wastebasket, ca. 1900

Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine


This Maine Indian birchbark wastebasket is decorated with pots of ferns.

Birchbark was an important part of the material culture of Maine's Indians, who harvested large sheets of it from the trunks of trees without cutting into the tree wood or harming the tree.

The dark bark is the inner side that was against the tree. The lighter exterior bark is on the inside of the basket.

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About This Item

  • Title: Birchbark wastebasket, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • State: ME
  • Media: Birchbark
  • Local Code: HM 6564
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
5746 Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1902

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