Four Views of a Birch Bark Container

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This small, circular birch bark container features quillwork flowers that are dyed pink and green. Each flower has three petals, suggesting the red clover (which has been shown to relieve menopausal symptoms, as studied here). The lid of the container, attached with leather ties, is embellished with the same floral quillwork. Rose Nance Archedene crafted the container, which measures 4.5 inches in height and 6 inches in diameter. The donor of the handcrafted object notes the basket was made by native peoples in the Northwestern woodlands region of Canada.



Eden Sittsamer, Alexis Willoughby