Four Views of a Mush Paddle

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"This is a hand-carved, solid wood mush paddle. The paddle features two sets of carved grooves, one on the shaft and another near the throat. The grip of the paddle is carved into the shape of a heart. The blade of the paddle has a heart shaped removed from it. The tip of the blade is squared. Paddles like this are used to lift from kettles where corn bread is being boiled. The Iroquois call these paddles 'gatgun'yasshuwa'ne.'" (MSU Museum 2013). It is 40.5" long and 3.5" wide at the blade.