Birch, Bark, and Baskets

This basket was a gift from the Province of Alberta. If you recognize the creator of this basket, please let me know so proper credit can be given.

We had a use for everything, and we used everything we took from Grandmother Earth. Tree bark was no exception.

Birch bark has become particularly known for building canoes, but it was equally important when used for waterproofing shelters, or making bowls and baskets for preparing, carrying, and storing food.

Owing to the relative ease with which birch bark can be stripped from trees (always in exchange for an appropriate offering of tobacco and prayer, of course), it also provides excellent parchment or artists’ canvas.

Bark (tree)
Birch bark
Birch-bark basket
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