Quillwork box lid - ROM2005_5986_3


Quillwork box lid

Maker: Mi'kmaq
Medium:Birchbark, wood, porcupine quills, spruce root
Geography: Atlantic Region, Canada or USA
Date: 19th century
Object number: 990.217.1.2
Credit Line: Repatriated from England by the Royal Ontario Museum with the assistance of a grant approved by the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Ouevre rapatriée de England par le Musée royal de l'Ontario avec l'aide d'une subvention approuvée par le Ministre du Patrimoine Canadien vertu de la Loi sur L'Exposition et L'Importation du Biens Culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture

Mi’kmaq people have been decorating birchbark with porcupine quills since the 18th century and perhaps even earlier. Their Malecite neighbours called them the "Porcupine People". Such work was developed almost entirely for sale or trade and was an important source of income for Mi’kmaq families into the 20th century.

Worked into the lid are the initials "J.M.BN."

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