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Root Club by Russell Joe with his distinctive carved and painted chief's face, painted chip carved handle; C/1940-50. 27" long, handle is about 3" diameter at top, 2.5" diameter at bottom - root bundle is about 9" across and 9" deep.
Barry Dana has used a traditional technique called scrape work to illustrate a Penobscot legend, that of "Rabbit Smoking His Pipe" on this birch bark mukuk. Scrape work is done by gently and slowly scraping away the very thin outer layer of the winter bark to reveal the lighter surface beneath.
This exquisitely beaded medicine pouch is by Jennifer Sapiel Neptune, Penobscot.
The root club is a truly Maine Indian item - There just don't seem to be examples of these in any other area. Made from the root ball and trunk of a small birch tree, the root club has been documented to have been made pre-European contact. Traditionally used as weapons some later ones were thought to have ceremonial or spiritual use.
Large root club featuring traditional chip carving and incised drummer and fisherman.
An elegant chip-carved talking stick by Joe Hugga Dana, Penobscot master carver.
This relatively small root club is very similar to one that appears on the back of the book "Spirits in the Wood" by Joyce Butler.
Impressive new root club by arguably the best chip-carver, -ever -, Joe "Hugga" Dana, Penobscot.