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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Anishinaabe; Ojibwe; Odawa
Title:Mokuk (basket)
Date Made:19th century
Type:Container
Materials:Birch bark, porcupine quill, twine, sweet grass (possibly), and cedar or willow
Place Made:North America; United States; Michigan
Measurements:Overall: 1 5/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 4.1 cm x 8.3 cm x 3.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  In ink on bottom: Baskets of maple sugar made by the indians
Accession Number:  MH 2003.26.2
Credit Line:Transfer from the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Missionary Cabinet. Miniature basket or "mokuk" made of birch bark with white, blue, orange, and green floral curvilinear porcupine quill design. Traces of a sweet-smelling blackened substance within. Around the top is a wooden band, stitched on by twine. A length of twine is also tied across the top of the basket, holding the two sides together. The bottom appears to be reinforced with another layer of bark, which is peeling away on both of the smaller sides. “Basket of maple sugar made by the Indians” is written on the bottom in black ink. Very likely related to MH 2003.26.1, which is #6 in the “Catalogue of Cabinet of Articles sent by Missionaries to Mt. Hol. Fem. Sem. all before 1892” under American Indians.

Tags:
Native American; indigenous people; trees; animals

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