Aron Griffith Birch Bark Bear Doll
Aron Griffith, Maliseet artist, creates dolls from birch bark with various designs. While they are often called dolls, Aron further describes them as tributes to Mother Earth and the gifts she offers us. The birch tree has long provided Northeast Woodland Indians with material for containers as well as canoes. Inside the doll is a small ear of corn, representing the sustenance provided by Mother Earth.
This doll, made from light summer bark, is adorned with the image of a bear and bear claws. The bear, one of the strongest land animals in North America, is known for its intelligence and speed as well. On the doll’s back is a small pouch holding coastal sweetgrass and strips of birch bark.
7 1/2 in. high x 7 1/2 in. wide x 2 1/2 in. deep