Ambroise St. Aubin family, Known as the Bear Family
Wabanaki Birchbark Covered Box
early 19th century
6 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (16.51 x 28.58 x 18.1 cm)
North America, American, Maine
Medium and Support
birchbark and split spruce root
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.
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