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.
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.