Object photography

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Object description

  • Anishinaabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa) artist
  • Model canoe, 1823-1825
  • Birchbark, wood, paint, pitch
  • Great Lakes, North America
  • L: 22 3/4 in, W: 6 in, D: 5 7/8 in (L: 57.8 cm, W: 15.2 cm)
  • Gift of Colonel Enos Cutler, 1850, 1850
  • E3760


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a birch bark model canoe with red wooden thwarts and gun wales. There is a painted black band beneath the gun wales, and it has pitched and painted seams. On either side of the bow is a red painted design with a black oculus. Two carved and painted figures holding paddles sit inside.

Exhibition History

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