Keepsakes - Ojibway Quillwork

On exhibit to September 3, 2018

Visit our exhibit of remarkable quill-decorated birch boxes that showcase the artistry of the Ojibway.

Quillwork is a uniquely North American decorative art form that Ontario's Ojibway peoples have excelled at for centuries. Schneider Haus is pleased to present the exhibit Keepsakes - Ojibway Quillwork, featuring its collection of Ojibway quill-decorated birch bark boxes, collected by former University of Guelph professor, Dr. Kari Grimstad (1937-2012), during the years 1979 to 2000. This remarkable collection, depicting Ojibway stories, symbols, and spiritual beliefs, showcases the artistry of both known and unknown female quill artists from several Ojibway First Nations, including: 

M'Chigeeng First Nation (Manitoulin Island, Ontario)
Delia Beboning, Josette Debassige, Maime Migwans

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation (Massey, Ontario)
Celina Abitong, Nancy Abitong, Irene Makadebin, Minn Toulouse

Saugeen First Nation (Southampton, Ontario)
Brenda Besito, Elizabeth Peters

Wasauksing First Nation (Parry Sound, Ontario)
Clara Baker, Bernadette Pangowish, Martha Partridge, Jane Pegahmagabow

Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation (Manitoulin Island, Ontario)
Rea Desmoulin, Rita Francis, Lima Jacko, Connie Pangorish, Jane Pangorish