Small Birch Bark BoxAron Griffith
A Maliseet from Maine, the artist feels a strong responsibility to carry on the traditions of this small tribe, which has survived, despite 500 years of European domination, in the super-populated Northeast.
The dragonfly designs are traditional to this Eastern tribe, as they also are, interestingly enough, to tribes of the Southwest.
This well-proportioned, beautifully decorated box was created by laborious, skillful handwork.
Hand gathered birch bark, hand peeled, sewn and etched, makes it a direct descendant of historic Maliseet storage boxes.
The etched dragonflies seem to dance gracefully on all sides, and on the lid.
Dried corn kernels form their heads and bodies, demonstrating how Native ancestors were ingenious in their use of the resources available to them.
The characteristic white bark of the birch tree is visible on the interior of the box, and the lid.
Unusual, and totally authentic, this is not something we in the southwest see very often.
A lovely, historic addition to your box collection, and/or to use as a graceful, attractive catch-all.