Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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canoe bailer
  • Swinomish peoples
  • canoe bailer, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Barnes Island, Washington, United States
  • cedar bark, wood
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 x 29 x 20.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 11 3/8 x 8 1/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6085

The canoe bailer is made from a strip of bark forming a concave bottom with the bark surface inside and the ends turned up and folded like fans. There is a wooden piece across the top from the ends of the folded portions, forming a handle. Strips of bark are wrapped around the handle and secure the handle to the folded edges. It is orange-colored bark.