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Image of Wabanaki Birchbark Covered Box 26382

Artist

Ambroise St. Aubin family, Known as the Bear Family

Title

Wabanaki Birchbark Covered Box

Creation Date

1834

Century

early 19th century

Dimensions

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

Object Type

implement/tool

Creation Place

North America, American, Maine

Medium and Support

birchbark and split spruce root

Copyright

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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