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Birchbark, Beads and Continuing Traditions

Bentwood container, ca. 1820

Bentwood container, ca. 1820

Item 23497 info
Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine

Maine Indians harvested large sheets of bark by carefully wedging it from the trunk, without cutting the wood or harming the tree.

Bark harvested in winter, before the sap runs, was thicker and more durable than summer bark and its dark inner surface could be decorated with etched motifs.


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