Wigwas / Bark Biting by Angelique Merasty / June 30 - July 24, 1983. - Booklet.

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Database ID25614
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Libraries Special Collections
Fonds/CollectionCanadiana Pamphlets Collection
File/Item ReferenceIV-176-Wigwas (Box 7a)
Date of creation1983
Physical description/extent1 catalogue; 21 pages of textual records
Number of images21
Historical noteAngelique Merasty was born in Beaver Lake, Manitoba in 1924. In her youth, her mother taught her the art of birch bark biting "wigwas" or "chews" and she continued to practice until her death. Birch bark bitings are thin layers of birch bark with a design bitten into the bark with the eye tooth. The designs were originally used to create patterns for decorative work applied to traditional leather clothing. Birch bark bitings were usually made by First Nations women as a social activity at their gatherings. This art form is a tradition of the Woodland Cree and was developed hundreds of years ago.
Scope and contentProgram of exhibition of birch bark bitings made by Angelique Merasty of Beaver Lake, Manitoba. Includes information and a bibliography on birch bark biting.
ContributerElizabeth McLuhan
Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre (other)
Copyright holderThunder Bay National Exhibition Centre
Copyright expiry dateUnknown
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Primary MediaTextual documents
Provenance Access PointUniversity of Saskatchewan Library. Canadiana Pamphlets Collection
PlaceThunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Treaty boundariesTreaty 3
Cultural regionNortheast
NamesMerasty, Angelique
SubjectArt and Artifacts
Date Range(s)1980-1989
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