A Birchbark Native Sub-Arctic Indian Storage Box , Ojibway or Cree

A Birchbark Native Sub-Arctic Indian Storage Box , Ojibway or Cree

1800 to 1900 USA

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A Birchbark Native Sub-Arctic Indian Storage Box , Ojibway or Cree
Late 19 th Century
Life in the sub-arctic in pre-contact times was heavily dependent upon the bark of the white birch . It was used in transportation , shelter , carrying and storing food and household objects . The importance of birchbark in the Sub-Arctic boreal forest compares with that of buffalo rawhide in the Plains , and there are similarities in the folded construction of containers from both materials .
This style of box was probably inspired by European prototypes , but it has been carefully crafted according to native practice . Birchbark is not only waterproof but also fire resistant . It can be stitched , rolled , bent or engraved , and containers , boxes , moosecalls , canoes and roof mats were made from it .
Dimensions
Height 11.50 cm (4.53 inches)
Diameter 11.00 (4.33 inches)
Medium
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