Birch bark artwork

Birch Bark Artwork


Collection: Cultural Anthropology

Catalogue Number: H4-2-353

Category: Communication Artifacts
Classification: Art
Object Term: Artwork



Product Description

Birch bark biting is a traditional First Nations art form often practised by women as a social activity. Pieces are created by biting into thin folded sheets of birch bark. The resulting patterns could also act as templates for beadwork or quillwork designs. The beauty of the ‘transparency’ is enhanced when held up to the sunlight.  Cree artist Angelique Merasty learned the artform as a young woman from her mother Susan Ballantyne. Angelique’s early designs were geometric but she later developed her own style, skillfully introducing flower, bird, bee, and butterfly images.


$250 adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Opportunity to share personal story or description of what the artifact means to you
  • Tax receipt for $250
  • Invitation to Museum event