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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Native American - Woodland ➔ Birch Bark Mukuk

Identifier:
E2006.1.104
Description:
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. 

Materials:
Birch Bark
Dimensions:
6.75" h 13" w 5" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Collection
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
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.