Wabanaki birch bark container, Greenville, ca. 1900

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Naturally waterproof, odorless and resistant to insects, birch bark can be cut into any shape, bent, folded, and sewn.

Wabanaki people harvest large sheets of bark during the month of May, by carefully separating it from the trunk, without cutting the wood or harming the tree. Wabanaki people used birch bark for housing, food storage, hunting gear, ceremony, and artwork.

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  • Title: Wabanaki birch bark container, Greenville, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Location: Greenville, Somerset County, ME
  • Media: Birchbark
  • Dimensions: 11 cm x 22 cm x 30.5 cm
  • Local Code: 2003.262.024
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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