Letter box, Passamaquoddy, 1905

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Letter box, Passamaquoddy, 1905

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John Snow lived most of his life, and raised his family, on Mount Desert Island. He would travel door to door selling both his own work and pieces made by other Wabanaki artisans. His work often features delicate trees and leaves.

The sale of baskets and other such items was often the primary source of income for Native American families. The entire family could work all winter to prepare for summer when tribes would set up encampments to sell their wares near resorts. When not camped near the resorts and during the non-summer months goods would be taken door-to-door for sale.

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About This Item

  • Title: Letter box, Passamaquoddy, 1905
  • Creator: John Snow
  • Creation Date: 1905
  • Subject Date: 1905
  • Media: Birch bark, ash, sweetgrass
  • Dimensions: 18.5 cm x 14.6 cm x 5 cm
  • Local Code: 1922
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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