Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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canoe bailer
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • canoe bailer, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Barnes Island, Washington, United States
  • wood, cedar bark, string
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 16 x 13 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 11 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6183

The bailer is made from cedar bark. It has a straight wooden handle and a shallow cedar bark basin. The sides of the basin are folded up and the ends are folded accordion style and secured to the handle with string. It is brown.