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This birch bark container was owned by Lt. Colonel John Hawks <BR>(1707-1784), known as the "Hero of Fort Massachusetts." Although <BR>believed to be a powder magazine, it might have instead held dried and <BR>pounded material like corn, tobacco, or herbs. The birch bark sides of <BR>the cylindrical container are stitched together with spruce root and <BR>decorated with a vertical pattern of stripes and scallops seen in <BR>Abenaki designs. Lt. Colonel Hawks was stationed at Fort Massachusetts <BR>near present-day Williamstown, Massachusetts. He defended the fort <BR>during King George's War on Aug. 19, 1746 against an attack by 700 <BR>French and their Native allies.


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