Gifts of the Forest: Native Traditions in Wood and Bark

From June 21, 2002 to March 2, 2003

This exhibition has ended.

Technical expertise meets artistry in this exhibition of historical and contemporary Aboriginal carving, basketry and bark work. Rich stands of birch, oak and cedar have sustained countless generations of Native peoples, providing shelter, food, medicine, and transportation and inspiring a vibrant spiritual life. Gifts of the Forest presents more than 100 wood and bark objects of artistic, practical and spiritual value. A blend of historical and contemporary pieces shows the continuity of artistic traditions from prehistoric stone axes to modern basket weaving, and evokes the deep spiritual connection between eastern Native peoples and their environment. Carved and painted cradleboards, expertly woven snowshoes, delicately formed baskets, bowls and spoons are just some of the objects displayed for their timeless beauty and practicality.

This exhibition was organised by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Centre in Mashantucket, Connecticut and is accompanied by a 48-page full colour catalogue, available at the McCord Boutique.

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