Birchbark biting Flower design shadowbox by Wanesia Misquadace, Fond-du-Lac Ojibwa

Wanesia Misquadace practices the rare art of birch bark biting; she estimates there are no more than ten people in North America who currently create this type of work.

Misquadace harvests the birch bark in Minnesota and brings it to her home in New Mexico. She peels thin layers of the birch bark and creates intricate designs by biting the folded bark.This design is called Flower; it depicts hummingbirds and bees gathering around a flower to harvest nectar.

The bark is mounted on an acid-free board and is displayed in an acid-free shadow box.

Birch bark is 2 1/8" x 1 5/8" at its largest points; frame is 7 3/4" x 5 5/8" x 2 5/8" deep.

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