Rogan Birchbark with Cover

Rogan Birchbark with Cover
Rogan Birchbark with Cover

Add this beautiful Birchbark Rogan with Cover to your collection! The artist etched the botanical design on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.  He or she added an inside rim of Birchbark to the top opening.  A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.  The cover is attached with a piece of dark brown Deerskin Leather Lacing.

This Rogan stands 8.5″ tall.  The bottom measures 11.5″ x 7.5″.  The cover measures 9.5″ x 8.5″.

We got this Birchbark Rogan with Cover from a collection. You will see some marks on it.  The cover and inner rim are not securely attached.  It will make a lovely display piece!

One of a Kind!

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Moose Call Birchbark Etched

Moose Call Birchbark Etched
Moose Call Birchbark Etched

Own a classic tool that MicMac hunters use to call in game!  Use it to hunt or add it to your collection!  We offer this 20.5″ tall etched Birch Bark Moose Call.  The crafter made it in the traditional fashion. He rolled the bark and fastened it with spruce root. Then he etched the botanical design on the bark while it was still fresh.

This Moose Call is in good condition.  You will see some of the spruce root lacing has broken away but the Birchbark remains intact.  The diameter of the wide end measures about 5″.  The narrow end measures 1″ – 2″ in diameter.

Add it to your craft collection or try your hand at calling in a moose!  One of a Kind!

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Birchbark Tray Chippewa Style

Birchbark Tray Chippewa Style
Birchbark Tray Chippewa Style

Add this beautiful Chippewa Style Birchbark Tray to your collection! The basket maker used a birch twig around the rim and spruce root to hold it together. This type of basket would be used for food storage.

This basket stands 3.5″ tall, 12″ wide and 17.25″ long.

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Box Quilled Birchbark Rectangle

Box Quilled Birchbark Rectangle
Box Quilled Birchbark Rectangle

Add this Rectangular Quilled Birchbark Box to your collection or use it as an attractive storage container!  The crafter used natural Birchbark to make the sides.   Then he or she bound each edge with strands of Sweetgrass.  Bound Sweetgrass also serves as the loop closure.  Black thread attaches the lid to the base.  The crafter created a simple floral design on the lid with Pink and Green Porcupine Quills.  Additional designs in Natural and Pink Quills appear on the top and sides.

This Rectangular Quilled Birchbark Box is in like new condition.  You will notice the remains of a label on the bottom. The Box measures 7″  x 4″ and stands 2.5″ high with the lid on.   Keep this box out of direct sunlight and away from water to preserve its color and integrity.

One of a Kind!

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Basket Birchbark Alaskan Style

Basket Birchbark Alaskan Style a
Basket Birchbark Alaskan Style

Add this beautiful Alaskan Style Birchbark Basket to your collection! The artist etched the botanical design into the bark and used spruce root to hold it together.  This basket stands 4″ tall.  The rectangle bottom measures 2.5″ x 4″.

One of a Kind!

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Wall Plaques Quill & Birchbark

Wall Plaques Quill & Birchbark
Wall Plaques Quill & Birchbark

This pair of Quilled Birchbark & Sweetgrass Wall Plaques features a floral design made of dyed porcupine quills. Both pieces  have Center Ossipee, NH written on the front. Sweet grass outlines the birchbark in an open weave design. Some of the quills have some damage, but overall this set is in good condition.

Each plaque measures 9″ x 7.25″.

One of a Kind!

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Basket Oval Sweetgrass with Quilled Cherries

Basket Oval Sweetgrass with Quilled Cherries
Basket Oval Sweetgrass with Quilled Cherries

Add this delightful Sweetgrass Basket to your collection!  The basket maker started with a Birchbark bottom and made the sides with rows of Sweetgrass.  The lid has a  Birchbark center surrounded by rows of Sweetgrass.  The basket maker created a Cherry design with Red & Green Porcupine Quills.  Additional Green and Light Blue Quills outline the edges of the lid  and the top of the Basket.    The lid attaches to the bottom with a thread in the back.  Two strands of fiber allow you to tie it closed at the front.

It measures 7.25″ long x 5.25″ wide and stands 2.5″ tall.

This Basket came from a collection and is in very good condition. You will see minor Quill loss in the design and the edges.  One of a Kind!

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Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing

Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing
Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing

A Practical Guide with Over 150 Recipes. By Rita J. Adrosko. Softcover. 154 pgs.

This book contains step-by-step recipes for preparing, combining and using dyes made from natural, easily obtained dyestuffs: brown dyes from the bark of apple, birch, hemlock, hickory and maple trees; yellows from a wide variety of sources such as arsemart, white ash bark, barberry bark, sassafras and coffee beans; and so much more!

Instructions include how to prepare your fabric and how long to boil it for optimum results.

ISBN 0486226883

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Cap Double Curve

Cap Double Curve
Cap Double Curve

We are proud to offer OUR OWN Ball Cap with our Northeastern Double Curve design! The white outlined design stands out on our Purple and Black caps.  Native Americans of Northeastern North America frequently used the Double Curve Motif design on clothing, bags, birchbark containers and other items.

These Caps adjust in the back with a velcro-like closure. These low fabric hats come with a reinforced bill. Embroidered here in New Hampshire!

One size fits all.

Choose Purple or Black!

You may also like our Double Curve Gift Set!

Technique of Porcupine Quill Decoration

Technique of Porcupine Quill Decoration

Technique of Porcupine Quill Decoration

Among the Indians of North America.  By William C. Orchard. Softcover. 82 pages.

This reprint of the 1916 original edition is a classic study of Native American Porcupine Quillwork.   It outlines several techniques for decorating items with Porcupine Quills including Wrapping, Weaving, and Sewing.  Native Americans have used Porcupine Quills to decorate Moccasins, Knife Sheaths, Birchbark containers and more!

You will find it full of Black & White photographs of items decorated with Quills, line drawings of techniques and four pages of color plates.

ISBN 9780943604008

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Watch Chris show you how to do Porcupine Quill Work!

Shirt – Embroidered Black Double Curve

Shirt - Embroidered Black Double Curve
Shirt – Embroidered Black Double Curve

Another Wandering Bull Exclusive!  Our new Double Curve Shirt comes with a collar and button front.  You will appreciate the lightweight, breathable fabric.

The style of this shirt makes it perfect to wear on any occasion!  Show your Native Pride with this Black shirt with the Double Curve design on the left side. Native Americans of Northeastern North America frequently used the Double Curve Motif design on clothing, bags, birchbark containers and other items.

We currently offer Men’s sizes Medium – XX Large.  If you need a different size, contact us and we can order it for you!

Don’t miss our Embroidered Medicine Wheel Shirt!

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polo shirt

Double Curve Gift Set

Double Curve Gift Set
Double Curve Gift Set

Get our Classic Double Curve design for your body and your bag! Choose our exclusive Double Curve design T-shirt in Black or Purple, and we’ll send along one of our exclusive Double Curve Tote Bags!

Tote Bag available in Black Only.

Native Americans of Northeastern North America frequently used the Double Curve Motif design on clothing, bags, birchbark containers and other items.  The basic twin curves can be ‘filled in’ with a variety of design elements.  Our Double Curve Motif Tote Bag features floral elements on the main design and the border designs. Our classic black Double Curve Motif is sure to become a favorite!

You may also like our Medicine Wheel Gift Set!

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag
Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

We created Wandering Bull Tote Bags exclusively for our customers. A company here in New Hampshire makes them for us! You will find these canvas tote bags perfect for carrying craft projects, extra items to the dance circle, or even to the beach!

Wandering Bull Tote Bags measure 16″ tall by 18″ wide. They have a wide gusset at the bottom that allows the bag to stand. The 10 oz canvas is strong. You can easily sling the long nylon webbed handles over your shoulder.

We offer Wandering Bull Tote Bags in 5 designs!

Medicine Wheel
Thunderbird
Turtle Island
Hiawatha Wampum Belt

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

Native Americans of Northeastern North America frequently used the Double Curve Motif design on clothing, bags, birchbark containers and other items.  The basic twin curves can be ‘filled in’ with a variety of design elements.  Our Double Curve Motif Tote Bag features floral elements on the main design and the border designs. Our classic black Double Curve Motif is sure to become a favorite!

A Quillwork Companion

A Quillwork Companion
A Quillwork Companion

By Jean Heinbuch. 92 pgs. Softcover.

This fully illustrated guidebook describes designs and techniques for doing quillwork.  It includes both basic and advanced options.

You will also find discussion about working with several materials. These include birchbark, looms, rawhide and leather. In addition, this book features instructions for creating rosettes. For those who prefer to dye their own quills, traditional dyeing techniques are also outlines.

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Watch our video Porcupine Quill Work to learn more about this unique craft!

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Cartridge Papers

Cartridge Papers
Cartridge Papers

We created our own Cartridge Papers for our Living History re-enactor customers!  Our Cartridge Papers come on a pad of 50 pages.  Because of their angled cut, you can easily roll them to make muzzle-loading gun cartridges. Our Cartridge Papers come printed with a natural birch bark motif.

Be ready for your next Living History Event! Each 50 page Cartridge Paper pad measures  5.5″ x 5.25″.

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Remember Me

Remember Me
Remember Me:  Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt

by Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive.  32 pgs. Softcover.

This book illustrates the story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s childhood friendship with the Passamaquoddy elder, Tomah Joseph.   When Roosevelt spent time in the summer in Maine, he learned about Native American culture from Tomah Joseph.

Tomah Joseph created beautiful Birchbark items on which he etched designs. One of these was a canoe that he gifted to Roosevelt.  Read this book to learn more about their friendship and experiences together.

Color illustrations

ISBN 9780884484608

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MCNAA Annual Fundraising Auction

Powwow Mass Center for Native Am
MCNAA Annual Fundraising Auction
Live Auction *  Silent Auction   *  Raffles

Hot Luncheon Buffet  *  Cash Bar (downstairs)

Live Music Entertainment by Keith & Aleatha Dickerson

50/50 Cash Raffle Drawing

A Moment to Remember Slow Turtle

There will be a lot of items up for bid or for raffle prizes that include:

  • Two Free Admission Passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
  • Four Free Admission Passes to the RI School of Design Museum
  • Admission for Four to the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA
  • Four one-day Park Hopper tickets at one of Disney Worlds Theme Parks
  • A One Night Stay at the Omni Providence Hotel
  • Breakfast for two at the Centro Restaurant at the Omni Providence Hotel
  • A $100 Gift Card to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse at the Omni Providence Hotel
  • A $300 Foxwoods Gift Card
  • One-night Deluxe Overnight Accommodations for Two at Foxwoods
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Todd English’s Tuscany Restaurant at Mohegan Sun
  • A One-Year Family Membership to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
  • Four FlexTix for the 2016-17 Providence Bruins Regular Season
  • Four General Admission Tickets to the PawSox Home Game on 4-11-17


Other items include: A Red Keurig Coffee Brewer, Youth Acoustic Guitar, Handmade Turtle Shell Rattle, Woodlands-style War Club, Turquoise Jewelry, Wampum Jewelry, Beaded Jewelry, Birch Bark Earrings, Wool Ponchos, Blankets, Wall Hangings, Ribbon Shirts, Moccasins, Sashes, Chokers, Bark Basket, Native American Books, Hat, Navajo Ring, Kachina Doll, and so much more.

At the event, Master Card and Visa (as well as cash and checks) will be accepted on winning bid purchases, for membership fees, Oldies dance tickets, and donations.

Back to our regular venue!
Middleboro VFW
12 Station Street
Middleboro, MA

mcnaa@aol.com; or call/text at: 617-642-1683

 

Women’s Hoods

Women's Hoods

Women’s Hoods

Much has been written about the peaked caps – also known as hoods – that are worn by the Wabanaki people.  Bruce Bourque and Laureen LaBar present illustrations of several of these hoods in their book “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume”.  But what are they?

First, we need to understand that Wabanaki Hoods were worn by both men and women.  In this article, we will explore the women’s peaked hood.

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The Basket Tree – Making Ash Baskets

Basket Large Split Ash

The Basket Tree

One of the oldest crafts in Native American culture is basket making. The tribes in the northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweet grass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees.

These slow growing trees are found along streams and in bogs and swaps only in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. The wet landscapes they grow in produce more flexible strands good for weaving.

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