Root club, ca. 1900

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Wabanaki carvers make clubs from the root bundles of immature gray birch trees. The clubs were historically used as weapons, and indicate the authority of the person carrying it during events, ceremonies, and dances. Historic pieces incorporated carved elements of the natural and spiritual world.

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About This Item

  • Title: Root club, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood
  • Local Code: 2002.044
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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