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Penobscot Root Club

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Penobscot Root Club / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 9, page 264.

Native American carvers believed they were releasing the spirits of animals and birds from the wood they were working.

Root clubs made from the root bundles of immature gray birch trees were carried in dances and religious ceremonies.

They had become objects for tourist trade by the late 19th century. This club has moose, birds, a war-bonneted Indian head, and "Poland Spring, Me." carved on it.