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This birch bark headdress box was made by Tomah Joseph (1837-1914) who was a prolific artist. He incorporated Passamaquoddy origin stories into birch bark art. This container references Rabbit, who became a Shaman, Mikumwess, one of the little people who dwell in the woods, holding two pipes, and a moose, a woodland creature. By incorporating Passamaquoddy stories into a traditional Native art form sold to non-natives, Tomah Joseph shared and in turn, preserved his cultural identity.


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Birch bark headdress box

creator   Tomah Joseph (1837-1914)
date   c. 1905
location   Maine
height   17.0"
diameter   10.0"
process/materials   birch bark
accession #   #2002.55

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