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Ambroise St. Aubin family, Known as the Bear Family (Attributed to)


Wabanaki Birchbark Covered Box

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Medium & Support

birchbark and split spruce root


6 1/2  x 11 1/4  x 7 1/8 in. (16.51  x 28.58  x 18.1 cm)


Public Domain

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During the nineteenth century, tourists who traveled in North America often collected works by Native American artists. They regarded them as souvenirs and often understood little about their significance. Though some non-Natives sought to better understand these tribal nations, many saw these objects as simple curiosities or works of a “vanishing race.” Questions remain about whether this Wabanaki birchbark box was created exclusively for trade.

Portfolios: FEAT|Indigenous Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas   FEAT|Public Domain