Atikamekw or Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) Eastern Great Lakes ca.1900
birchbark, spruce root, hide
height: 22.8 cm width: 29 cm depth: 22.8 cm
This mocuck exhibits a particularly exuberant style of decoration sometimes found on late 19th century Eastern Great Lakes birchbark objects. The construction details are typical of mocucks made by the Atikamekw in the upper Saint-Maurice River valley of Quebec. The present example is characterized by a methodically executed spruce root binding and overall symmetry of form. Small areas of staining visible on the split spruce root binding are likely the remnant of fugitive dyes once employed as decoration. Elaborate scraped designs are different on each of the two longest sides of the mocuck.
A birchbark mocuck, Atikamekw or Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) Eastern Great Lakes c1900
Robert Streett, St. Louis, MO Private collection, Toronto, ON
Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes. Harbor Springs Historical Society, Harbor Spring, Michigan, June 30, 2015 - May 2016.
Hemenway, Eric and Mary Cummings. “Anishnaabek Art: Gift of the Great Lakes”, Michigan Humanities, (2015): pdf, p. 8.
National Museum of the American Indian, Cat. No. 14/7845—See: https:// americanindian.si.edu/ collections-search/objects/NMAI_158842? destination=edan_searchtab%3Fpage%3D1%26edan_q%3Dbirchbark%2520bo x%2520Attikamekw
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Cat. No. MIA 90.52.1a,b—See: https:// collections.artsmia.org/art/3985/ basket-anishinaabe
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