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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. -

Quill Box w/blue & gold c/1860-80

This is a porcupine quill on birch bark box with spruce root wrapped side rings and a cedar wood bottom There are porcupine quill designs in the spruce root wrapping on the sides of the round box.

This is 3.5" in diameter and 2.5" high. The condition is nearly perfect with 3 quills missing from the top of the box and only one of spruce root wraps broken (but not missing).

Hummingbird Dance Fan - perspective

A charming Ruby Throated Hummingbird of porcupine quill appears to hover over a red flower bud on the birch bark handle of this dance fan. Partridge feathers are atop the fan. Beautiful etched leaves on graceful stems surround the hummingbird and extend to the very bottom of the handle. A stunning addition to your regalia or a gorgeous display piece.

Loon & Chick basket - close

A loon and it's chick grace the lid of this larger size oval coiled tidal sweetgrass. Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman has fashioned the scene of porcupine quills. The loon paddles on blue water with it's chick on it's back. There are 3 cattail plants around him. Loons are seen frequently in Maine's many lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, tidal estuaries and in salt marshes along Maine's coast.

Pair of Cardinal baskets

A pair of baskets by Paul St John, Mohawk craftsman - one with a female cardinal, the other with a male. Such a great pair of cardinals and baskets with matching yellow quill borders around the birch bark centers! Because I don't want to split up the pair the price for both is much less than the price for a single basket.

Great Blue Heron; Round Basket


Floral Mukuk

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.

Smoking Rabbit/birchbark -open

An important work by Paul St John (registered Mohawk, his father's tribe & Passamaquoddy/Maliseet/MicMac - his mother's heritage). Here Paul has used two traditional techniques to decorate this oval birch bark box, porcupine quillwork and bark scraping (etching). The box lid features a quillwork rabbit smoking a pipe.

"Where" Moose Call - in the wild

DISCOUNTED THRU JANUARY 2019 (Discounted $200)