Detail of Birch Bark Container

Photograph of birch bark container

Detail of Birch Bark Container
© York Sunbury Museum, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Aboriginals used containers made of birch bark to store food because of the bark’s natural antiseptic and waterproof properties. Containers and utensils for everyday use received little ornamentation. This container, which is ornately engraved, was used either as a ceremonial piece or as a trade-good for the European market.

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