Lid - 990.



Maker: Mi'kmaq
Medium:Birchbark, porcupine quills
Geography: Atlantic Region, Canada or USA
Date: 19th century
Object number: 990.
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

Part of a set of nesting boxes (990. Square and rectangular boxes require inner linings of wood to hold their form. The boxes in this set have outer walls created of bark bands wrapped with split spruce root and decorated with undyed quills. The lids are decorated with dyed quill in various geometric designs.

The Mi'kmaq are an Algonkian-speaking people who, at the time of first European contact in the 16th and 17th centuries, inhabited what are now the Maritime provinces and the Gaspé peninsula of Quebec. Later they were also to settle in Newfoundland and parts of New England. The Mi'kmaq are culturally related to Abenaki, Maliseet-Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot peoples. In the 19th century, Mi'kmaq and Maliseet people camped in summer near Quebec City where they came into contact with the Huron-Wendat people of Jeune Lorette (now Wendake).

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