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Collar box and collars, Passamaquoddy, ca. 1880

Collar box and collars, Passamaquoddy, ca. 1880

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Abbe Museum

Birch bark has been an essential material for the Wabanaki for generations, used to create everything from canoes to shelter. With the growing market for Native crafts exemplified by the Bar Harbor encampments, Wabanaki birch bark artisans developed new forms and decorative styles to appeal to buyers. Depictions of Wabanaki life and stories, along with scenes from the natural world, were popular at the turn of the century.

Collar Box with Collars
Late 19th century
Birch bark, spruce root, sweetgrass, linen

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