Birchbark box (makak) - ROM2017_15672_9


Birchbark box (makak)

Maker: Possibly Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa)
Medium:Birchbark, spruce root ?
Geography: Canada
Date: c. mid-19th century
15 × 19 × 10 cm
Object number: 966X84.123
Not on view

Anishinaabe women cut and folded birch bark, which they then stitched together with spruce root to form a type of container termed makak. Made in various sizes largely for storing food, they were often decorated by scraping away the dark outer bark and using the contrasting inner layer to render designs. This makak has both geometric and pictorial designs. The realistic images almost certainly narrate specific events, either actual or legendary.

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