This basket is made from the bark of birch trees and is called a mukuk in the Anishinaabe language. It would have been used to carry and store food such as berries.
To create a mukuk, the bark is peeled away from a birch tree and laid out into a flat piece. It is then folded into a basket shape and sewn together, often using sweetgrass. Today, people still create birch bark baskets to keep the tradition alive.
Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (April 2020) Learn how the Anishinabek have lived alongside the natural world through a variety of artifacts that tell the story of the first people of this place.