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Penobscot Root Club

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Native American carvers believed they were releasing the spirits of animals and birds from the wood they were working. Root clubs, which were made from the root bundles of immature gray birch trees, were used ceremonially. They were carried in dances and religious ceremonies, but became objects for tourist trade by the late nineteenth century.

This club has moose, birds, a war-bonneted Indian head, and "Poland Spring, Me." carved on it.

Other Information

  • Title: Penobscot Root Club
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Town: Poland Spring
  • County: Androscoggin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Birch, paint
  • Dimensions (cm): 60 x 
  • Local Code: 1999.38
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822

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