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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Native American - Woodland
Native American ➔ Box

The use of porcupine quills as decoration was very common in the Woodland region and is commonly referred to as quillwork. This birch bark box was made by the Ojibwe and is decorated with dyed quills.

c. 1850s, Chippewa Indian, Sault Ste. Marie
circa 1850
Bark, Porcupine Quill, Spruce Root
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift of Angie McKee

Investigate: Native American Cultural Artifacts (September 2018)
During the Investigate program, students will take the role of Museum curators and use close observation and critical thinking to discover the origin, meaning, and importance of real objects from the Museum’s Collection. Students will learn how to handle and study primary sources and will be pushed to consider how singular objects or groups of objects can tell meaningful stories about our place.
Student Objectives:
  • Learners will be able to analyze primary sources (artifacts, specimens, and photographs) and make inferences about the story or significance of the sources.
  • Learners will be able to describe what these cultural objects can tell us about the lifestyle and values of the Native Americans who used them.

Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • ELA Common Core Standards by Domain: Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind, H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, H3 The History of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, G2 Places and Regions, G4 Human Systems, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis

Angie Sophia McKee
Angie Sophia Buchanan McKee was born in 1872 to John and Sophia Buchanan. She was the youngest of six children. She married James Langdon McKee and passed away in 1961. 
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