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Name Ojibwa (Anishnaabe, Anishnibeg)

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Image of 1974.083.005 - Basket, Needlework

1974.083.005 - Basket, Needlework

This is a First Nations-made, two-basket-style sewing stand. It has four legs, so it is free-standing, and there is a bentwood carrying handle at the top so that it can be lifted and moved where needed in one's house. It also has bentwood pieces that help reinforce the structure of the stand. The basket areas have decorative wood splint furling. The wood and splints have been left natural. Nails have been used in the construction of the rims.

Image of 1974.083.013 - Horse, Rocking

1974.083.013 - Horse, Rocking

Green-painted rocking horse, c. 1920. This rocking horse has a white cedar body that is one piece, shaped as a stylized horse. The ears are nub-like, and there is a painted blaze. There are incised nostril marks and a mouth line, but no eyes. A tanned leather "bridle" is affixed to two nails that simulate a bit. The horse, rockers and legs are painted a dark green colour. The body and rockers have a hewn appearance. The ends of the rockers are facetted. The horse does not have a tail. Perhaps at one time there may have been one, as there is a natural knot hole present at the backside.

Image of 1961.027.005 - Bone

1961.027.005 - Bone

This is a bone baculum (penis bone) that was kept by the Sutton Family and it is a 19th-century item. From the size and pronounced curvature, it may be from a raccoon (January 2013). It has no decoration on it. Family lore was that it was used as a handiwork implement, possibly as a rug punch. See RELATED items that were owned by the same Ojibwa woman.

Image of 1971.066.001 - Ball, Lacrosse

1971.066.001 - Ball, Lacrosse

First Nations made wooden lacrosse ball. The wood is not decorated, but was left bare. There is no lettering, and it has a primitive appearance. Note that the non-original nail and wire shown in the photos (added to it so that it can be hung in a display area), have been removed.

Image of 1961.064.056 - Basket

1961.064.056 - Basket

This is a child's toy splint basket, that pre-dates 1916. It is made very much like a full-sized basket would be. The base is plaited. The sides have wider vertical splints woven with narrower horizontal splints. The top edge is reinforced with a lapped bentwood piece inside, as well as one outside. These are secured with bent nail-like hardware. There is a bentwood handle. The wood has been left natural.

Image of 1987.029.001ab - Basket, Laundry

1987.029.001ab - Basket, Laundry

Large, round First Nations-made splint basket, and its lid. The basket has a bit of a lean to it. (A) is the basket and (B) is the round lid.

Image of 1959.061.012 - Pouch

1959.061.012 - Pouch

Beaded floral First Nations (Ojibwa) pouch, 19th-c. This heavily beaded floral pouch has a rounded shape and is piped around the edge with red cloth. The body of the pouch is made of dark brown or black velvet, which is lined with dark brown linen. The beading is raised Iroquois-style, but has Ojibwa patterning, with floral motifs. There are three sizes of opaque white beads used, as well as teal/turquoise blue, darker blue, yellow, orange, dusty pink, red, silvery and amber-coloured beads. The flaps are edged with alternating horizontal and vertical large white beads. The pouch is beaded on both sides. There are flat brass sequins placed near the floral designs.

Image of 1959.002.022 - Purse, Change

1959.002.022 - Purse, Change

First Nations-made beaded change purse (coin purse) with a red edge trim that is worn at the bottom of the purse. There is a floral beaded design in the centre and in between the floral / leafy design and red trim there is a white and beige beaded line that follows the trim line.

Image of 1968.022.005 - Basket, Carrying

1968.022.005 - Basket, Carrying

Rectangular woven wood splint basket, with decorative splint furls (sometimes called ash curls) and a carrying handle. It has red dye employed as part of its decoration (now faded). The decorative furls are present in two horizontal rows (one right above the other), and there is a matching but flatter woven splint line closer to the base. The basket rim has a nailed construction. The handle is made bent wood.

Image of 1976.190.002 - Basket, Household

1976.190.002 - Basket, Household

This is a First Nations-made basket, woven from maple? ash? splints using a plain plaiting technique. It very likely was made by an Ojibwa maker. It apparently once had a row of decorative splint furls at the bottom, and one row near the top. There is diagonal wrapping around the basket rim at the top and bottom. The basket is open-topped, and handleless. The top is larger than the bottom.

Image of 1974.083.006 - Basket

1974.083.006 - Basket

Square-shaped First Nations-made birchbark basket. This basket is constructed out of birchbark and sweetgrass, with a finely-braided handle, and a thread hinge. There is a bear and flower design in dyed porcupine quill work. No maker's identification is present. The word BEAR is present above the bear motif, suggesting that this item was made for the souvenir trade.

Image of 1976.190.001ab - Basket, Household

1976.190.001ab - Basket, Household

Small-sized, First Nations-made, lidded basket, made of bark and maple and cedar splints. Possibly an Ojibwa piece? No maker's information provided. The piece has decorative protruding wefts giving it pointed areas. (a&b). The basket has six decorative points for feet. There is a circle of points 3/4 of the way to the top of the basket, above which is a braided reed cord threaded through. The lid is one inch deep and has decorative points as well, and a small central lift handle.

Image of 1971.078.012 - Basket, Carrying

1971.078.012 - Basket, Carrying

Handled, shallow round carrying basket. Basswood or ash circular basket, with a bentwood carrying handle. Plaiting technique, using wood splints, with some cord as well. Shallow-walled.

Image of 1977.047.036 - Purse

1977.047.036 - Purse

First Nations-made beadworked purse. It looks like an Ojibwa maker did the beadwork. It has beaded stylized floral motifs sewn onto a black velvet ground. The perimeter has a red cotton binding. I may have one been lined with dark blue silk, but there are only remnants along the top now. Beige cotton interior. It originally had a looped bead fringe at the bottom, that is now damaged. The pouch and flaps (one on each side) each have a three-lobed shape at the bottom. There is no beadwork under the flaps. The undersides of the flaps are a purplish, waxy material.

Image of 1962.047.004 - Basket, Household

1962.047.004 - Basket, Household

Small, First Nations-made, open-topped basket. It is a pre-1910 item, but its maker is unknown. It is oval in shape with thin splint lashing at the rim. The walls and base of the basket have an openwork splint pattern (there are horizontal and diagonal narrow splints which create hexagonal voids).

Image of 1979.046.001ab - Box, Household

1979.046.001ab - Box, Household

A large round First Nations quill box, with a jack-in-the-pulpit design, as well as vertical diamond motifs. The basket is trimmed with sweet grass. Both the lid (b) and the basket (a) are worked on birch bark form with natural coloured quills and quills dyed red and dark green. There are alternating coloured dimond motifs around the sides of the lid and the box.

Image of 1964.064.001 - Mat, Table

1964.064.001 - Mat, Table

This is a circular-shaped birchbark and sweetgrass and thread First Nations-made table mat or hot mat. The round bark area in the centre once had dyed quillwork decoration. The dark thread-bundled sweetgrass helps form a zig-zag sort of openwork border. The perimeter is round. The table mat was likely made by an Ojibwa maker.

Image of 1974.083.002ab - Basket, Household

1974.083.002ab - Basket, Household

A woven wood splint Indian basket (a) with lid (b). Because of its age, there is a slight lean to the basket. The lid has a wood fibre ring worked into its central top area, to provide a lift ring, in case the fitted lid was stuck to the basket.

Image of 1974.083.007ab - Basket, Household

1974.083.007ab - Basket, Household

An First-Nations made basket (a) with lid (b) that may have been used as a clothes hamper. The lid has a small handle and the basket is decorated with a green-dyed band. The basket has a bit of a lean to it. There are two wider bands of splints at the sides, which contrast slightly with the other ones. The lid loosely fits on the top.

Image of 1974.083.049ab - Box, Trinket

1974.083.049ab - Box, Trinket

This is an oval-shaped, porcupine quill-decorated, two-piece birchbark trinket box. The quillwork has two maple leaf motifs in opposing directions, encircled with two conjoined circles. It is a First Nations-made piece. "Dan Proctor" is written in script on the underside of the box.