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Bark technique

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


Cedarbark was used for clothing, mats, bags, baskets, large ceremonial rings, and a variety of other purposes. Bark was stripped from standing tress, leaving enough bark to permit the tree to live. For making mats and baskets the soft inner bark was separated from the outer bark, dried, and split into strips. Shredded cedar bark was woven into robes, used as towels to swaddle babies, or was twisted into cord. The bark was shredded by haggling it across the edge of an old canoe paddle with a heavy blunt copper