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Dakelh (Carrier) box
ca. 1880
Skeena River, British Columbia
Birch bark, spruce root
27 x 21 cm
From the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

This oval-topped and rectangular-bottomed pail is made from a single piece of birch bark cut and folded into shape, then stitched with spruce root. Used for gathering berries, the pail’s dark exterior has been scraped to reveal a lighter layer of bark underneath and create a decorative pattern.

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