Object photography

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Object description

  • Mi'kmaq (Micmac) artist
  • Model canoe, 18th century
  • Birchbark, spruce root, wood, porcupine quill
  • New Brunswick, Canada
  • D: 3 3/4 in, L: 24 in, W: 5 3/8 in (D: 9.5 cm)
  • Gift of John Collins, 1803
  • E13151


This is a canoe model made out of birch bark and sewn together with split spruce root. The canoe has three thwarts and one paddle. The center thwart and rails are decorated with white and black porcupine quills interwoven in the warp of the spruce root wrapping. There is one wooden paddle carved to scale included with the work.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006