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Image of Wabanaki Birchbark Covered Box 26382


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


Wabanaki Birchbark Covered Box

Creation Date



early 19th century


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

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American, Maine

Medium and Support

birchbark and split spruce root


Public Domain
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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