Former Chief Barry Dana, Penobscot, does birch bark work. Barry does both porcupine quill design and etching qoek in traditional Wabanaki designs as well as realistic etchings of natural scenes... such as pumpkins and corn, portraits, moose, deer, birds etc.
Sadly David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy - father, husband, craftsman, environmentalist, wonderful speaker, crafter of canoes and birch bark art - as well as a true friend to so many passed away on January 20th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He is missed tremendously by all who knew him. -
A loon with red eye and cattails is atop the lid on this great basket by Paul St John, Mohawk. The loon is one of Maine's most beloved and iconic birds. Loon baskets such as this and some smaller/larger sizes are among the most beloved of Paul St John's works.
A majestic Great Blue Heron standing stoically graces the lid of this larger size round coiled tidal sweetgrass basket. Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman has fashioned the heron of porcupine quills. The heron stands in blue water with 3 cattail plants around him.
A traditional birch bark hat - made with traditional materials all of which were used prior to European contact. - This hat by Gina Brooks, Maliseet artist is one that requires much skill, precision and a great knowledge of the materials used to make it. The hat is made of birch bark with traditional scrape work etchings making traditional designs.
An regal Great Blue Heron standing stoically graces the lid of this larger size oval coiled tidal sweetgrass. Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman has fashioned the heron of porcupine quills. The heron stands in blue water with 3 cattail plants around him. Great blue herons are seen frequently in Maine's many lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, tidal estuaries and in salt marshes along Maine's coast.
Gina Brooks, Maliseet artist, says this birch bark container shows both the older type of undecorated birch bark mukuk and the newer contemporary part that is decorated with flowers, leaves, vines, stars and more.
Unique, spectacular, powerful, original, stunning, magical, perfect, evocative, - a few of the adjectives of praise for Aaron York's moose call "Where Did You Go?" "Tantee Tohtayin!?". All who have seen it have been moved, impressed - all have agreed this is a very special piece of Native American art - current yet traditional, art yet functional.
Hummingbird hovers over a red flower with red hearts/double curves of porcupine quills on each corner of this birch bark and coiled sweetgrass envelope basket by Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman.
Neck knife: Bear and Wabanaki double curve motifs of porcupine quill on handmade birchbark sheath with skinning knife by Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman. This birch bark neck knife sheath has a large "cinnamon" bear at the top and Wabanaki double curve designs the front bottom.