Tray by unidentified Huron artist c. 1840 made of birchbark, moosehair, pigment, and thread

"The design combines Native American beliefs about living harmoniously in the natural environment with an idealized view of nature in European art of the period. Beginning in the seventeenth century, Native American women learned European embroidery techniques at covent schools in Canada established to convert and educate them." (from exhibit notes, "Painted with Thread," Peabody Essex Museum, August 2001)
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citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/fullpageimage.php?name=MMD1101