Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature canoe
  • United States
  • miniature canoe, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • birch bark, paint, buckskin, beads, porcupine quills
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 7 x 6.5 x 21.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 8 7/16 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6034

The small canoe is made from folded birch bark, stitched in place at the ends. The buckskin strap from end to end is decorated with large round beads in light blue, white and red. One side of the canoe is painted with a red swastika in the center. There are two white feathers at the proper right end with red, blue, and black detail and two white horns on a brown circle. There is a white quill diamond on both sides of one end. There is a yellow zigzag line around the perimeter on the decorated side.